The Cyprus peace talks enter a new phase after tomorrow’s meeting between negotiators Andreas Mavroyiannis and Kudret Ozersay, but the positions being submitted by the Turkish side are not at all encouraging.
According to reliable sources, on the issue of citizenship, the Turkish side argues that everyone that currently holds citizenship of the breakaway state must also be citizens of the state to emerge after a settlement.
This would lead to the legalisation of the settlers, en masse. Although the Turkish Cypriot side argues that not all those from Turkey in north have ‘citizenship’, this is being challenged as it does not full reflect the truth.
A large majority of the settlers have been given ‘citizenship’ in the north, particularly before the last elections, so that they could vote.
Today, the United Nations will have separate meetings with the two negotiators.
The first phase, which has covered exploratory discussions, will be completed tomorrow. This will be followed by the taking of a detailed record and discussion of all the aspects of the Cyprus problem, so as to establish where there is room for convergence.
Meanwhile, a ministerial committee which met at the Foreign Ministry on Friday evaluated some recent incidents in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) featuring the Turkish navy.
These are not judged to be giving grounds for concern, but show the intentions of the Turkish side to challenge the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus.