Akinci letter: Where we agree and disagree in Cyprus Talks

Akinci letter: Where we agree and disagree in Cyprus Talks


In a letter to the “president of the parliament”, Simbel Simper, detailed in the current stage of negotiations, Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, detailed the convergences that exist, the disagreements, the property issue, the governance issue  and other issues which were raised at the negotiating table.

“Chavantis” newspaper published the full text of the letter today which was sent in response to its own letter that was sent to Mr. Akinci before the Geneva Conference and which detailed concerns on the Cyprus issue.

According to Mr. Akinci, the weighted cross community vote would concern only the presidential elections at a federal level, while there will not be a question of weighted voting in the constituent states.

In addition in local elections (municipalities, communities), those who will be entitled to vote will have legal residence and this political right will not exceed  20% (of the T / C population in the T / C constituent).

Akinci also notes that the elections that concern the executive and legislature constituent state will be carried out on the basis of internal citizenship. He notes that in the constitution of 1960 the president and vice president had the right of veto only on matters of foreign policy, defence and security, but adds that in the new structure joint approval by the President and the Vice President for decision-making in these three areas will be required.

The Turkish Cypriot side, adds, that all decisions of the Cabinet will come into force once signed jointly by the President and the Vice President (the federal government) and (hence) in these decisions there will certainly be the positive aspect given by the T / C Vice President or President.

The article states that serious progress was achieved on governance and power sharing. It was agreed that:

1) The cabinet will consist of seven G / C and four T / C

2) There will be numerical equality in the Senate, the Supreme Court and the Public Service Commission

3) Numerical equality in the citizenship and immigration board

4) Numerical equality in the federal regulators semi-judicial committees and

5) Participation of at least one third of each founding state at every level in the federal public service

On the property issue, he states that an agreement has been achieved largely on the number of properties to be returned. These are:

1) Property that was used as a place of worship between 1963 to 1974

2) Military areas to be vacated

3) The property that is not allocated

4) New forest areas

5) Houses that could be returned to the “emotional bond” category (note that there is no agreement yet on this issue)

In the property issue the proposals of the Turkish / Cypriot side are also mentioned regarding affected properties, taking into account their current situation, including what and how many rural or irrigated properties will be returned to G/C owners.

One of the fundamental principles of the solution is political equality, together with the security and freedom of the Turkish Cypriots, the representative of the Turkish Cypriot leader, Boris Burj said in a written statement.

According to the T / C press, Mr. Burj stated that the necessary elements of political equality of the T / C, is the effective participation in decision making and the rotating presidency, adding that the G / C community should now be prepared to face the realities of these issues.

Mr. Burj stated that Mr. Akinci clearly said that he will not sign nor put to referenda a deal that does not include these elements. “I would like to emphasise once again that we will not sign a document that does not include political equality, freedom and security,” he said./ΙΒΝΑ