There will be a clearer picture as to the likelihood of a Cyprus solution by the end of the year, Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis said yesterday.
The continuing negotiations aim to reconcile the problematic question of bi-zonality and bi-communalism with human rights, international law and the European acquis, Mavroyiannis said.
“The distance that separates the two sides on some issues is long”, he said while speaking at an event organised by Frederick University, under the title “The Cyprus problem in international and European law – Developments and prospects”.
He reiterated however that after Mustafa Akinci took over as the leader of the Turkish Cypriots, “we got rid of extreme approaches regarding two states” and “we now speak about a common vision of the two leaders for a federal solution that would reconcile the principles of international law, European acquis and human rights”.
He said that the Turkish Cypriot side speaks of permanent derogations and primary law, noting that the Greek Cypriot side does not accept everything the other side proposes.
The solution, said Mavroyiannis, must should be consistent with the internal, European and international law and stressed that a bi-zonal, bi-communal state should have a single international personality and a single citizenship.
On the thorny issue of property, he said that the two sides have been discussing this topic in depth adding that it was significant that both sides had agreed to recognise the individual’s right to property. Now they were looking at ways and means to implement this right, he said.
However Mavroyiannis noted the euphoria which had developed over the course of the negotiations complicates matters, adding that “a lot of work needs to be done”.
Answering a question about the time frame, he said that that a solution won’t necessarily be reached by the end of 2015, but in three months’ time a picture will emerge regarding the prospects of solving the Cyprus problem.