International community is looking for a solution formula in Cyprus based on a “loose federation”

Diplomatic sources allegedly support that the international community is looking for a solution formula in Cyprus based on a “loose federation”

Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris Postasi newspaper (04.05.17) under the front-page title: “Intermediate formula for the solution with special status in the EU, separate representation in the internal and one and single representation abroad”, invokes diplomatic sources, according to which the international community will undertake initiatives for an intermediate formula for a solution to be reached between the two sides in Cyprus, taking into account the fact that the ongoing Cyprus negotiation talks are in a blockage. According to the paper, the international community will undertake this initiative probably prior to the forthcoming July, writes the paper, where the oil exploration activities in the Eastern Mediterranean are planned to take place.

According to the same diplomatic sources, the formula to be proposed to the sides, aiming to overcome the deep differences between the two sides in the chapter of “Governance and Power sharing”, is considered to be like a “loose federation” where there will not include a central stronger government but indeed, the two sides will have separate administrations in the internal and a single representation abroad.

According to the paper, another remarkable characteristic of the new formula to be proposed, which has many similarities with the two state solution model, will be that the Turkish Cypriots will he represented in the EU with a special status.

Alleging that Turkey is positive to the above described formula, the paper writes that according to the sources, Turkey alleging is considering to reduce the number of Turkish troops in the island as a measure of confidence building measure with the aim to reduce any possible reactions by the Greek Cypriot side. Another step that Turkey is considering to undertake, is the possibility to return the fenced off city of Varosha.

The paper allegedly supports that the formula may be included in the agenda of foreign officials who will be visiting Cyprus in May, that is Maarten Verwey, responsible for the office of SRSS of the EU and Jonathan Cohen, the US Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs covering Cyprus.

Source: PIO

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