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Turkish and Greek citizens would have equal rights in reunited Cyprus

4 July 2017

North Cyprus News - Franz Timmermans

There will be no issues in implementing equal rights for both Greek and Turkish citizens in Cyprus in the event of a reunited federal Cyprus, European Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans has said.

According to information obtained by Ankara-Antalya News Agency journalists, the source, who spoke on conditions of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media, said that Timmersman’s comments were noted in official documents of the UN-brokered Cyprus conference as the official EU position.

The same source said that the Greek Cypriot side does not want the Turkey-EU Customs Union agreement to be implemented in Cyprus in the event of a federal partnership being established in Cyprus.

The Greek Cypriot side is claiming that if the principles that are present in the 1960 Cyprus Constitution are implemented, then Turkey will receive equal treatment as Greece and it will become a member of the EU through the back door so to speak, therefore it is against the principles being implemented until after Turkey is accepted as a full member of the EU”.

The UN is seeking a deal to unite Cyprus under a federal umbrella, which could also define the future of Europe’s relations with Turkey.

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