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Greek Cypriot side ready to submit draft legislation to UN
2003-03-10 10:32:43

by Maria Myles -- The Hague, Mar 10 (CNA) - The Greek Cypriot side intends to submit on Monday to the UN all the draft legislation requested of them, in the context of the UN-led peace process to achieve a comprehensive settlement, Law Commissioner Leda Koursoumpa, who heads a team of legal experts working for this purpose, has said.

Speaking to CNA about the work of the ad hoc technical committee on legislation she heads, Koursoumpa explained that a team of 30 legal experts has worked very hard at an accelerated pace to meet Monday's deadline.

''So far the Greek Cypriot members of the committee have given the United Nations 75 laws and the total number of legislation to be submitted is 110,'' she said, adding that there are 31 attachments that relate to titles for legislation.|

The two sides on the island, engaged in direct negotiations on a UN peace proposal for a comprehensive settlement, set up two ad hoc bicommunal committees to draft legislation and agree on treaties that would be in place if and when a settlement is agreed.

The committees began their meetings on 7 January, under UN auspices but no meetings have taken place since 26 February, at the request of the Turkish Cypriot side.

''On some issues we actually reached some compromise solutions on proposed texts of legislation,'' Koursoumpa said.

Replying to questions, she explained that if the Turkish Cypriot side does not put forward its own suggestions on legislation, then there would not be any discussion on them and the UN will have to offer solutions to problems raised.

She said that the legislation proposed relates to all issues that are under the jurisdiction of the federal government of the common state of Cyprus that would emerge from a negotiated settlement.

Koursoumpa said these concern, among other things, intellectual property rights, civil aviation, shipping, natural and water resources, and money laundering.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

CNA/MM/RG/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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