Property to unravel deal


Greek and Turkish Cypriot negotiators have been instructed to pull out all the stops to define criteria that would provide a base for settling the property aspect of the Cyprus problem. Government sources told the Cyprus Weekly that leaders Nicos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci, during their meeting on September 1, agreed to almost all property categories. This is the list defining which properties could be returned to their original owners and which properties could be up for compensation or exchange.
That was the easy part, as filing Greek Cypriot properties in the north and Turkish Cypriot properties in the south into certain categories is an exercise that has been started since 2008. Now the negotiators, Andreas Mavroyiannis and Ozdil Nami face the difficult task to devise the criteria, the guidelines, which will enable the Property Commission, to be set up after a solution of the problem, formulas returning properties to original owners or giving priority to the needs of current users.

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