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Reuters: UN Releases Plan for Unified Cyprus
2002-11-11 17:54:24

Nov 11 2002 3:56PM
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations envisions a unified Cyprus with a "common state" government encompassing two "component states," along the lines of Switzerland and its cantons, according to a U.N. plan unveiled on Monday.

The plan was issued to the parties on Monday in hopes of spurring an agreement before a Dec. 12 European Union summit at which Cyprus is expected to be invited into the bloc. It would also create a six-member Presidential Council with a rotating presidency as the common state government's executive power.

The council's presidency and vice presidency would rotate every 10 months between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot sides, and its membership would be proportional to the two component states' population, although at least two of its members would have to come from each state, according to a copy of the plan obtained by Reuters.

A Supreme Court would be composed of nine judges, with three from each component state joined by three non-Cypriots, according to the plan.

The plan leaves blank, for now, the formula for any territorial adjustment between the Turkish and Greek sides

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