Peace in Cyprus – My Proposal

Please note this proposal is just a draft and you are welcome to suggest your own revisions or proposals in the Comments section below.

In my proposal, Cyprus will be a federation of two states, based loosely the United States model. The two states will consist of the existing states of Northern Cyprus and the Greek majority southern Cyprus.

Northern and southern Cyprus. The light yellow is Northern Cyprus, the white is southern Cyprus and the dark yellow are the British military bases.

There will be right of return for all communities with no limit. Greek Cypriots will be permitted to form a collective of interspersed, Autonomous Districts consisting of villages, districts and neighbourhoods where they form a majority and Turkish Cypriots can form an Autonomous Districts in their communities, respectively in Northern and Southern Cyprus. Additionally, Maronite and Armenian Cypriots can form Autonomous Districts spanning both the States. All of these Autonomous Districts will have the same degree of autonomy as the two States.

Demographic map of Cyprus before the 1974 War. During the War, Greek Cypriots fled to the southern portion of the island, with the Turkish Cypriots fleeing to the north.

Cypriots may only register to vote in the General and Presidential elections of the State or Autonomous Districts they reside in, but can vote in the local elections and the General and Presidential elections at the Federal level. The federal legislative parliament will employ a confessional system like the one in Lebanon to ensure all four of these communities are represented. The federal executive will consist of two Consuls, one Turkish and the other Greek Cypriot, although they can also be Maronite or Armenian Cypriot.

Another pre-war demographic map of Cyprus. The purple were the Turkish Cypriot majority areas, known as the ‘Turkish Cypriot Pockets’, the gold were the Greek Cypriot majority areas and the red are the British military bases.

Please share your opinions, suggestions and/or criticisms in the Comments section below.

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