Guzelyurt could become a third zone: Talat

Former Turkish Cypriot president and leader of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) Mehmet Ali Talat, has proposed a “three zonal federation” in Cyprus.

In an interview with ‘Havadis’, Talat argued that instead of Guzelyurt (Morphou) being returned to the south, it could be administrated by the federal government in the event of a solution to the Cyprus problem and become a “third zone”.

Noting that the time to discuss the territory issue and not only the criteria for it, has come, Talat said that there are many alternative solutions for this issue. He said that the map could be bi-zonal, it could be the Annan Plan map or some changes could be made to this plan.

He argued: “Perhaps it will not be the map of the Annan Plan. What it will be? It will be a more straight line. Guzelyurt will be in the area which will be administrated by the federal government. In this way, it will not be returned to the south on the one hand and thousands of people will not be forced to leave.”

Describing his proposal as “a proposal protecting the inhabitants of Guzelyurt and the Turkish Cypriots”, Talat argued that in order for a map to be accepted by the Turkish Cypriots, it must get “open and clear support” from Turkey.

Talat also said that he will raise the issue during their meeting with President Akinci on Friday.


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