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Christodoulides says population reports are untrue

Christodoulides says population reports are untrue GC Government Spokesman Christodoulides on Tuesday dismissed Turkish reports saying the population in a reunited federal Cyprus will be about 734 thousand Greek Cypriots and 220 thousand Turkish Cypriots including Turkish settlers.
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And that the two leaders in divided Cyprus have reached agreement on this at the ongoing UN-brokered peace talks in Nicosia.

“There is no truth in that report (by daily Hurriyet). This is not the way it is, our side’s general principle is that the (population) ratio should be in accordance with the 1960 state of affairs (when the island became independent),” Christodoulides said.

“And I repeat, no agreement was reached on this,” he added.

The Turkish daily also said that the leaked population figures would also be the ones granted EU citizenship.

Up until now the Greek Cypriot side had insisted that the maximum number of Turkish Cypriots in a reunited Cyprus should not exceed 180 thousand – that is, one-fourth of the Greek Cypriot population, according to Hurriyet.

And that it had the marriage criterion as a prerequisite when it came to Turkish settlers from Anatolia.

But this criterion has now been lifted, the Turkish daily said.

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