The fate of Turkish settlers is becoming clearer in the Cyprus negotiations. According to Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Afrika’ the two sides, in order to solve the Cyprus problem, have “reached a certain agreement on the problem of the population from Turkey [living] on the island which constitutes one of the most fundamental issues of the negotiations”.
According to the paper, during the Annan Plan period, the Greek Cypriots had agreed that 42,000 Turkish settlers could become citizens of the federal state, the paper claims that “the Greek Cypriots have started behaving more generously now”.
“This number has been increased and raised to 220,000 including the Turkish Cypriots”, ‘Afrika’ claims, adding that “if 100,000 Turkish Cypriots exist, it has been accepted that the number of people from Turkey will be 120,000”.
It is said that priority for citizenship of the federal state will be given to those settlers who were born in Cyprus or are married to a Cypriot. According to Afrika’s information, those who remain outside this number will be granted the right to reside and work on the island based on certain criteria.