Turkish law expert details possible deal over Cyprus talks

Erhurman said, the constitutions of states to be established in Cyprus will be presented to referenda.

Turkish law expert details possible deal over Cyprus talks

An international law expert in Lefkosa, Tufan Erhurman, said Thursday the constitutions of states to be established in Cyprus will be presented to referenda.

Speaking to reporters in Lefkosa, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Erhurman gave information on certain compromises regarding the topics of Administration and Share of Power.

Erhurman gave information on the constitutions of the states to be established in a federation, how the power would be shared, the would-be organs of the federal government, foreign relations and citizenship.

The constitutions of the states to be established in Cyprus will be presented to referendums and the two states will have an equal status, Erhurman said.

The share of authority has to do with sovereignty and we are insisting on the equality of states, Erhurman said.

We have come close to an agreement on the legislation. There will be a senate and house of representatives. There will be equal representation within the senate, Erhurman said.

Gaining independence from the United Kingdom in 1960, Cyprus became a bi-communal Republic where Greek and Turkish Cypriot constituent communities would share power guaranteed by the UK, Turkey and Greece.

However, reluctant to share power and pursuing a policy of Enosis (Union) with Greece, Greek Cypriots soon expelled Turkish Cypriots from power and terrorised and ghettoised them.

Decades long armed attacks on the defenseless Turkish Cypriots culminated in 1974 when an Athens-backed Greek Cypriot military coup on the island led to Turkey's intervention based on its rights stemming from the Treaty of Guarantee.

Although the Republic of Cyprus as described in the 1959 agreements is no longer there, Greek Cypriots continue to enjoy this title and international recognition while the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, a fully democratic government representing Turkish Cypriots, still suffers under an unfair political and economic blockade.

Cyprus joined the EU as a divided island when Greek Cypriots in the south rejected the UN reunification plan in twin referendums in 2004 even though the Turkish Cypriots in the north overwhelmingly supported it.

The promise made by EU foreign ministers before the referendums to end the isolation of the Turkish Cypriots and establish direct trade with north Cyprus remains unfulfilled.

TRNC is an independent republic located in the north of Cyprus. TRNC declared its independence in 1983, nine years after a Greek Cypriot coup attempting to annex the island to Greece led to a peace operation by Turkey. The TRNC has received diplomatic recognition from the Republic of Turkey and the TRNC has representations in dozens of countries across the globe.


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