Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (25.08.15) reports that a source that is informed on the negotiations held for the reunification of Cyprus has said that the issue of the “citizenship” had not been discussed and that the information published recently in the Greek Cypriot press concerns the “four freedoms”. The Greek Cypriot press had reported that the agreement that for every one Turk four Greeks will become citizens of the federal Cyprus was reiterated. The source told Kibris that the sides reached a consensus on the proposal made by the Turkish Cypriot side regarding the four freedoms so that the Turkish-Greek balance on the island is not disturbed.
The source said that the issue was discussed within the framework of the “four freedoms”, which guarantee the free movement of people, goods, capital and services in the EU, and “with the aim of protecting the Turkish-Greek balance on the island, there is an understanding on the issue that the number of the Turkish and Greek citizens, who will come and settle in the country, to be such that the proportion of population on the island is not spoiled’.
The source noted: “The proportion of population now on the island is four to one, but this does not mean that it will always stay the same. There might be an increase in the birth rate and Turkish Cypriots who live abroad and are not granted the citizenship might decide to return”.
Pointing out that the agreement between former President Christofias and former Turkish Cypriot leader Talat has been reiterated, experts say that the four to one proportion had been included in the Annan Plan.
The source recalled that the Greeks are EU citizens and do not need to be granted the citizenship of the united Cyprus and alleged that the information published in the Greek Cypriot press is not examined and people “are misinformed and worry unnecessarily”.