Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis newspaper (31.08.15) reports that the property is the primary issue in the negotiating process aiming to find a solution to the Cyprus problem, which will recommence tomorrow after the summer vacations. “With the solution of the property issue, the negotiations will be completed to a great extent”, writes the paper describing as “extremely critical” the next 2-3 months.
Diplomatic sources told Havadis that until now the sides have discussed the issues of governance and power sharing, property, territory and citizenship and achieved serious convergences on many issues. The sources said that the common understanding of the two leaders on the property issue is to find a balance between the rights of the “current users and the original owners”. The negotiations on the property are expected to last for a few months, writes the paper adding that one of the convergences reached on the issues of property and citizenship is the necessity for bi-zonality and bi-communality and the existence of a Turkish Cypriot majority in the population and the properties in the Turkish Cypriot founding state and a Greek Cypriot majority in the Greek Cypriot founding state.
It is said that Turkey has launched some studies on the issue of the financing of the solution and especially the compensations to be paid on the property issue and that the development of the Turkish Cypriot properties left in the government-controlled area of the island is included among these studies.
Citing “Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot sources close to the negotiating teams”, Havadis reports that no map or names of villages to be included in the territorial adjustments have been discussed at the table until now, adding that the map will be the last issue of discussion.
The sources said that agreement has been reached to a great extent on the governance and power sharing which “constitutes the biggest part of the problem and is very important for the Turkish Cypriot side”. The sources underlined that the political equality of the Turkish Cypriots in the federation which will be established with the solution has been guaranteed and that the Turkish Cypriots will effectively participate in the decision taking mechanisms. As an example for this, they said that there will be an equal number of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots in the Senate and the Supreme Court. The sources noted that there is no agreement on the issue of the rotating presidency, which has been left for the end.