Eroglu briefs political parties on draft joint statement

President Eroglu has received full support from four political parties with regard to the draft joint statement the Turkish Cypriots sent to the Greek Cypriots.

According to a report by Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Kibris’ on Thursday, the President briefed the leadership of four political parties at his office on the draft statement which had recently been presented to the South by Alexander Downer.

According to information obtained by the paper, the draft document suggests that a reunified Cyprus would have the status of a single state internationally. It would hold one seat at the UN and will be bi-communal and bi-zonal with a single international identity and single sovereignty.

The draft document defines the sovereignty of the state, to be established, would derive from two “peoples”, and that one side would not be able to dominate the other side.

On the issue of citizenship, there would be a single federal citizenship; however, the constituent states will also be able to confer citizenship.

On the issue of authorities, that will be left to the constituent states.

However, Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis, has stated that President Anastasiades did not accept the Turkish Cypriot proposal and that he would prepare a counter-proposal. President Eroglu’s special representative Osman Ertug, in statements to the paper, said that they had not received any official reply from the Greek Cypriot side, and he added that if that is the case, they expected a reply to their proposal and not a counter-proposal from Anastasiades.

Prime Minister, Ozkan Yorgancioglu, leader of the Republican Turkish Party-United Forces (CTP-BG), said, after the briefing, that there had been no reply yet from the Greek Cypriot side, adding that the Greek Cypriot side should respond as soon as possible, so the negotiations can start.

Asked whether or not the expression “single sovereignty” was worded in the latest Turkish Cypriot proposal, Yorgancioglu said that it was also worded in the Annan plan, and Talat and Christofias had already agreed on this, so there was nothing odd about it. He noted that many details in the proposal had already been agreed upon in past negotiations.

Leader of the National Unity Party (UBP) Huseyin Ozgurgun, commenting on the briefing, said that he did not think that they were following the right path, and that the negotiations should begin without restrictions and conditions.

Serdar Denktas, leader of the Democrat Party – National Forces (DP-UG), said that all parties declared their support for both the proposal and President Eroglu. He said that he hoped that the joint statement would be approved by the Greek Cypriot side and the negotiations would start. Should their proposal be rejected, Denktas said that there remained nothing else for the Turkish Cypriot side to do.

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