Greek proposal on Turkish Cyprus population mars negotiations – www.worldbulletin.net

The issue came up during ongoing UN-led reunification talks between Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, the Milliyet daily reported.

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Greek Cypriot leader Dimitris Christofias has argued that the percentage of the Turkish population in any future united Cypriot state should not be higher than one-fourth of the entire population and should always remain at that percentage, a Turkish daily reported on Monday.

The issue came up during ongoing UN-led reunification talks between Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, the Milliyet daily reported, underlining that the Turkish side reacted angrily to the proposal. Christofias also insisted that a census should be conducted in the north of the island.

Labeling Christofias’ proposal as “against human rights,” the Turkish delegation pointed to a higher fertility rate among the Turkish population. “How will this happen? Maybe, years after the agreement, the Turkish people’s population will be two-fourths of the entire population,” the Turkish delegation was quoted as saying by Milliyet. Still, Christofias, in response, insisted that the percentage should always be one-fourth.

The main sticking point on the issue of citizenship during negotiations is the status of recent Turkish settlers from Turkey in a future united Cyprus. Suggesting that Christofias had earlier accepted the citizenship of 50,000 Turkish settlers in the new state, Milliyet noted that the Greek Cypriot leader has recently backed down from this idea.

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