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Public will not be left in the dark over a solution, president says

By Evie Andreou

ANYTHING agreed at the negotiations for a Cyprus solution will be announced to the public, President Nicos Anastasiades said on Wednesday.

In an attempt to set the record straight after the maelstrom of reactions from parties over Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci’s statements on a settlement earlier this week, Anastasiades said that Akinci’s positions were not necessarily the positions of the Greek Cypriot side.

Speaking to foreign journalists who had visited the north to cover the 41st anniversary of the Turkish invasion, Akinci said that the current round of talks may be the last chance for a solution and if negotiations continue at their present rate, a solution could be reached within months.

In the agreement to be reached with the Greek Cypriots, he said each community will dominate in its own region and will be self-administered.

Akinci suggested that after a settlement, Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots would be able to reside in whatever area they want under certain conditions.

He said that those Greek Cypriots who settle in the north and Turkish Cypriots who settle in the south would have political rights and be able to participate in local elections and EU elections.

All relevant issues concerning guarantees and the territorial issue have been discussed, except names and percentages, he said.

As regard to the name of the country after the agreement, Akinci said the one on the agenda is United Cyprus Federation but that the context of the agreement is more important than the name.

As regards law enforcement, he said that the federal police’s ratio will be 50-50 or 40-60, and that no agreement had been reached on the army as there might not be one.

“On the table there are our proposals and their proposals, he [Akinci] said what is being discussed and not what has been agreed,” Anastasiades said.

He pledged to keep the public informed to avoid misinformation from either side, but also from those who would not like to see the reunification of the country.

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