South denies population numbers agreed

South Cyprus government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides yesterday denied Turkish press reports that population numbers in a reunited federal Cyprus had been agreed.

According to Turkish daily ‘Hurriyet’ the two community leaders had agreed that that a reunited federal Cyprus would consist of 734,000 Greek Cypriots and 220,000 Turkish Cypriots including Turkish settlers.

 “There is no truth in that report (by daily Hurriyet). This is not the way it is, our side’s general principle is that the (population) ratio should be in accordance with the 1960 state of affairs (when the island became independent),” Christodoulides said.

“And I repeat, no agreement was reached on this,” he added.

‘Hurriyet’ also reported that the leaked population numbers would also be granted EU citizenship.

Up until now the Greek Cypriot side had insisted that the maximum number of Turkish Cypriots in a reunited Cyprus should not exceed 180,000 which is a quarter of the Greek Cypriot population, according to ‘Hurriyet’.

In addition the marriage criterion regarding Turkish settlers from Anatolia had now been lifted, it said.


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