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Davutoglu wants to give ‘citizenship’ to another 26,500 settlers

Ahmet Davutoglu (left) with Mustafa Akinci this week

During his visit to the island on Tuesday, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu asked the Turkish Cypriot side to grant Turkish Cypriot ‘citizenship’ to another 26,500 settlers from Turkey, media in the north reported on Friday.

Afrika newspaper said Davutoglu argued that these persons were being “unjustly treated”. It reported that Akinci rejected the demand saying that new ‘citizenships’ would destroy the negotiating process aimed at finding a solution to the Cyprus problem.

“During a period when 10,000 persons are waiting for their turn to become citizens, Davutoglu’s asking for more was the last straw,” Afrika said.

Meanwhile, citing sources close to President Nicos Anastasiades, the paper reported that the two sides had agreed that the population in the north after a solution should be 220,000.

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