Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Zürich Agreement (1959) between Turkey and Greece 1.10.1980

This FDC has great historical significance. The Zürich Agreement (1959) between Turkey and Greece produced a bi-communal constitutional framework for Cyprus which recognised the equality of the two `communities' in many important matters and a large degree of political and cultural separateness. British, Turkish-Cypriot and Greek-Cypriot signatories to the 1960 Zurich agreement paving way for an independent Republic of Cyprus. The President of the Republic would be a Greek, whereas the Vice-President would be a Turkish-Cypriot who would have had the right to veto -a potentially disruptive though crucial way to give effect to political equality. The Turkish-Cypriot members of the House of Representatives could also in effect veto legislation on fiscal, electoral, and municipal matters. This wonderful piece of history was sent to me by Merja.

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