Next leaders’ meeting to cover property issue

President Mustafa Akinici’s spokesman, Baris Burcu, has said stated that the Turkish Cypriot and the Greek Cypriot negotiators will meet for 5 days between the 25th and 31st of August before the leaders resume their meetings after the summer break on 1st September.

The issue of property will be on the agenda of the next meeting which will be shaped by the prior meetings of the two negotiators.

He also stated that the UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide, in a statement he delivered on behalf of the two leaders, had said that the number of the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot members will be equal at the property commission to be established after a solution.

“As could be understood from Eide’s statement, both the previous and the current users of a property can apply to this commission”, Burcu said.

Touching upon the South Cyprus Government spokesman’s statement that no agreement has yet been reached on who will have the right to apply to the commission first, Burcu said that both will have the right to apply to the commission for their rights. The commission will try to find a solution.

“As announced earlier, the property commission will try to meet the demands through the methods of return, compensation or exchange within the framework of criteria to be agreed on by the two sides. I want to underline an issue that having two people to claim right on a property does not mean a win for one side and a loss for the other. The duty of the property commission will be to meet the rights of both the previous and the current users through suitable methods. Both users will be able to apply to this commission and gain their rights”, Burcu said.

Burcu also reiterated that the issues of territory, village names, ratios, maps and guarantee agreements will be discussed at the final stage of the negotiations.


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