Chief negotiators discuss citizenship issues: Updated

Turkish Cypriot negotiator Kudret Özersay and Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis met yesterday at 10 am to continue the Cyprus negotiations, ‘Kibris Postasi’ reported.

During their last meeting the negotiators discussed the agenda for future meetings as well as security, residency and citizenship issues.

The leaders of the two communities will be meeting on 4th and 7th of July.


The negotiators continued substantive negotiations on EU matters and transitional periods as well as reconfirmed the topics to be discussed by the two leaders when they meet this coming Friday and next Monday.

Speaking to reporters after yesterday’s meeting which lasted for 4 hours, Özersay said that the Cyprus Turkish Side had tabled a proposal at yesterday’s meeting regarding the issue of residency in the event of a solution.

He said that the meeting in general had focused on areas under EU matters which were less problematic.

Stating that they did not touch upon the issue of primary law and derogations at the meeting, the Turkish Cypriot negotiator said:

“We discussed in detail how decisions within the EU will be taken, how the new partnership will join the EU, what kind of a role the founding states within the united federal Cyprus will play in these decisions, which issues will fall under the jurisdiction of which state and how at times the ministers of the founding states will be representing the united Cyprus within EU institutions instead of the federal government”.

Pointing out that a number of previously agreed convergences existed on the chapter on EU matters, Özersay said that yesterday’s discussions revealed that there was room for more convergences. He added, however, that serious differences continued to exist between the two sides on the issue of primary law and derogations.

Explaining that the issue of transitional periods was one of the thorniest issues in the negotiations, Özersay said: “There will be a new partnership in all fields. The formation of this partnership will very much depend on how the transitional periods will be arranged. I can say that serious differences exist between the two sides on this issue as well”.

The Turkish Cypriot negotiator also said that they had reconfirmed that they will be meeting again next Wednesday, July 9th during which the Turkish Cypriot side will be tabling new proposals on matters of policing and arrangements regarding transitional periods.

He said that they were also expecting the Greek Cypriot’s to present a proposal on the issue of citizenship at the negotiators next meeting.


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