Shock As Cyprus Talks Minutes Leaked Without Permission

Shock As Cyprus Talks Minutes Leaked Without PermissionFor the first time since 1977 a National Council party leader read out in public the minutes of their meetings. South Cyprus EDEK leader Marinos Sizopoulos revealed the minutes of what took place on September 5th and December 8th. Several points were new, for example in a newly formed Cyprus residents would be divided into four categories, each with different rights:

“The first would be comprised of those who have a citizenship of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot constituent state and would have all their rights safeguarded

Greek Cypriots who wished to live under the administration of the Turkish Cypriot constituent state and take constituent citizenship from there, would have the right to vote in local authority elections and European Parliament elections – not parliamentary nor presidential elections.

Permanent residents without a citizenship in the constituent state would only have the right to vote on local authority level.

The last category would be those who live in one constituent state but would vote in the other.”

Sizopoulos said that the minutes also revealed that 114,000 Turkish settlers would remain in the Turkish Cypriot constituent state. He revealed that the newly formed Constitutional Court would comprise two Greek Cypriots and two Turkish Cypriots and that its president, with a casting vote, would be a foreign judge who is not from Greece, Turkey or Britain, the current guarantor powers. A senate will be established with 20 Greek Cypriots and 20 Turkish Cypriots.

The property commission will consist of one Greek Cypriot, one Turkish Cypriot and one foreign specialist taking the chair. The commission would decide who would be prioritised; the legal owner or the current user.

A public service commission would be set up comprising three Greek Cypriots and three Turkish Cypriots. High ranking state officials would be appointed on a 2:1 ratio.

Why this information would need to be kept secret is anyone’s guess.

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2 comments to Shock As Cyprus Talks Minutes Leaked Without Permission

  • Polly Marples

    Oooops. Oh dear. What’s for tea?

  • fluter

    And a bigger load of old twaddle you could not wish for!