A team of legal experts, both Greek and Turkish Cypriot, will have a meeting with the negotiators of the two communities on Monday to start the preparation of the legislation of the federal government after the solution of the Cyprus problem, Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said.
Replying to a question by CNA, Christodoulides explained that a working group will be set up gradually, starting with the meeting of legal experts with the negotiators on Monday. Based on the long-standing position of the Greek Cypriot side this legislation will be attached to a potential agreement. Moreover, the legislation will be applied if the agreement will be accepted by the people during referenda, he added. “This is a long and time-consuming task that requires a lot of work and preparation,” he noted.
The establishment of this working group was agreed a long time ago. The meeting on Monday will be the first.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. UN-backed talks resumed in May, aiming to reunite the island under a federal roof.