According to illegal Bayrak television (online, 08.12.15), Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci said that there is no clear picture regarding the property issue.
Explaining that the negotiating teams of the two sides are continuing to work on determining the criteria for settling the property issue, Akinci called on the public not to pay attention to such reports in the press regarding the property issue.
Speaking during a meeting this morning, Akinci clarified reports that emerged in the press regarding a formula for settling the property dispute. “We are trying to do what is best for our people. The people should listen to what we have to say. In the end it will be the people who will decide”, he added.
Stating that such documents are frequently exchanged as part of the negotiations process, Akinci said that he cannot comment on the press reports since he did not find the opportunity to examine the documents published in the press and added: “I need to examine if the documents published are in fact genuine. We send copies of these documents to the parliament but we are not under any obligation to explain them to anyone”.
Akinci also argued that ‘first application’ is different from ‘first right of say’. “Of course the first application will be made by the owner of the property. This is only natural. I believe that some will be demanding compensation at the very beginning. But it doesn’t mean that when the first title deed owner wants his or her property back that there will be restitution. This issue will be solved entirely through the criteria to be determined”, Akinci added.
Akinci also claimed that the Turkish Cypriot side from the very beginning has been insisting that the majority of property ownership in the Turkish Cypriot constituent state should belong to the Turkish Cypriots and added: “This is clearly stated in standing UN parameters agreed at the beginning of the 90s”.