Library articles

In this section we aim to summarise legal and political concepts related to the Puzzle


The Joint Declaration Explained

The Joint Declaration Explained

On the 11th of February 2014, a much-debated joint declaration signaled the beginning of renewed negotiations for the settlement of the Cyprus problem. Article 3 of the declaration provides that ‘the settlement will be based on a bi-communal, bi-zonal federation with political equality’. But what is a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation? You can find some more

Annan Plan flag

The Annan Plan

Τhe United Republic of Cyprus (URC) is founded.   Fundamental agreement It begins with the main articles which, among others, stress that this is a relationship of political equality and not relations of a majority and a minority. New order The Treaty of Establishment, Guarantee and Alliance remain in force. A unilateral change of the order

Legal history of the Cypriot Problem video

The Legal aspect of the Cypriot Issue [with english subtitles]

A short description and analysis of the rise and fall of the Cypriot republic from a legal/constitutional perspective. [Greek]. Μια σύντομη περιγραφή και ανάλυση της δημιουργίας και διάλυσης της Κυπριακής Δημοκρατίας απο μία νομική/συνταγματική οπτική γωνία.

The property issue under the Annan Plan

1.The claims of persons who were dispossessed of their properties by events prior to entry into force of this Agreement shall beresolved in a comprehensive manner in accordance with international law, respect for the individual rights of dispossessed owners and current users, and the principle of bi-zonality. 2.  In areas subject to territorial adjustment, properties shall be reinstated to dispossessed

Signing of the constituion 1960 Zurich


The birth of the Republic of Cyprus The constitution of Cyprus is a constitution written and given to us by others and its basis is the separation of powers based on ethnic separation. It was agreed to and signed by the leaders of the 2 communities which the constitution provides for:  Greeks (G/C)  Turks (T/C)