Cypriot President Says Decentralized Government Best Unity Hope

Cyprus' president Nicos Anastasiades speaks to the media at the presidential palace in divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

NICOSIA — Cyprus’ President, in a televised news conference, said a more decentralized Federal government would work better if a reunification deal is reached with the ethnically divided nation’s breakaway Turkish Cypriots.

He insisted that giving more authority to the island’s Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot zones would reduce deadlocks in decision-making at the Federal level and make a peace accord more successful even though no one has come close to making it happen since Turkey unlawfully seized the northern third of the island in a 1974 invasion.

Anastasiades didn’t specify which responsibilities would be deferred to the zones on either side if a unity deal is reached, but said any decentralization wouldn’t compromise Cyprus’ territorial integrity, sovereignty, security or economy.

He said granting more power to either side to decide on issues of “direct concern” would ease Turkish-Cypriot concerns of domination by the majority Greek Cypriots and would roll back veto powers Turkish-Cypriots seek in decision making on a federal level.

Cyprus’ president Nicos Anastasiades speaks to the media at the presidential palace in divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

The Cypriots are anxious that Turkey is eyeing taking the whole island, a member of the European Union Turkey wants to join even though it won’t recognize the legitimate government and bars Cypriot ships and planes.

Reunification talks collapsed in July, 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci refused to remove an army on the occupied side and wanted the right to militarily intervene again when they wanted.

(Material from the Associated Press was used in this report)

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  1. Another traitor in Tsipras Footsteps..legitimizing forced seizure of territory that belongs to another..no dealings, Cyprus an Island run by Greek majority, “OWNED” by Greece Enosis…minorities will be protected and part of any local government..All foreign troops,Turkish, British, settlers, etc must leave asap…No reprisals no violence against remaining legit Turkish residents, any attacks will not be tolerated.
    Greece will be the major military force with bases and air force protecting whole island, Cyprus national guard will be integrated into island defense and security…only real solution Greek Owned Greek Run, of course non greek residents can run for all local offices..Turkish, Armenian, etc…Golden Ticket holders can F off..

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