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The aim of this web site is to express the thoughts of the majority of the Australian Turkish Cypriots about a future solution to the "Cyprus problem"

We the Turkish Cypriot origin Australians do believe in the need for the two peoples of Cyprus to live side by side in mutual respect, peace, security and cooperation, but the full political equality of the Turkish Cypriot people in determining the future of Cyprus has to be taken into consideration (as was confirmed and enshrined in international treaties and in the U.N. Resolutions). Therefore any settlement to unite the island; should be under the umbrella of a con-federal structure; and should also be submitted to the two peoples in separate referenda in order to enable them to reflect their free will.

If Greeks want to achieve a mutually acceptable lasting solution to theCyprus problem as much as we -the Turkish Cypriots- do, then both statesof the island (ie. the TRNC, and the so called "Republic of Cyprus")should get together, to establish a federal state of Cyprus, as wasnegotiated by the leaders of the two peoples of the island of Cyprus,under the auspices of the mission of good offices of the United NationsSecretary-General in 1992, whereupon the parties reached an overallframework agreement, which recognizes that the island is the common home of the Greek Cypriot people and of the Turkish Cypriot people and that their relationship is not one of majority and minority but one of two peoples in the federal state of Cyprus. Therefore the below mentioned proposal of the TRNC President Rauf Denktash, should be considered as a final effort, to achieve a mutually acceptable lasting solution to the Cyprus problem. The establishment of the above said Cyprus federation should be based on the following arrangements :
1. A special relationship between Turkey and the TRNC on the basis of agreements to be concluded.
2. A similar special relationship between Greece and the Greek Cypriot Administration on the basis of symmetrical arrangements to be concluded.
3. Establishment of a Cyprus Confederation between the TRNC and the Greek Cypriot Administration.
4. The 1960 Guarantee System shall continue.
5. The Cyprus Confederation may, if parties jointly agree, pursue a policy of accession to the EU. Until Turkey's full membership to the EU, a special arrangement will provide Turkey with the full rights and obligations of an EU member with regard to the Cyprus Confederation.

The ultimate aim of the negotiations will thus be a partnership settlement which will be a confederated structure composed of two peoples and of two states of the island supported by symmetrical agreements with the two respective motherlands and guarantor states. All rights and powers which are not referred to in the confederal entity will reside with the two confederated states. Any agreement to be reached as a result of the negotiations will be submitted for approval in separate referanda. By participating in these negotiations the parties will acknowledge that the Greek and Turkish Cypriot sides are two sovereign and equal states, each with its own functioning democratic institutions and jurisdiction, reflecting the political equality and will of their respective peoples. They will also acknowledge that the authorities of one party do not represent the other.

...and a display of the Greek Cypriot mentality:
NICOSIA, Nov 3 (Reuters) - A former Cypriot president has ventured into a political minefield for suggesting that the divided island should get its own anthem once it is reunited instead of using the Greek one. George Vassiliou, the island"s chief negotiator for European Union accession, has drawn howls of protest over a remark that the anthem - used for the past 40 years - might need to be revised once the island"s division is resolved with the now estranged Turkish Cypriots. It touched a raw nerve in a society where the blue and white Greek flag is honoured with the same reverence as Cyprus"s own yellow and white one - designed by a Turkish Cypriot. "The new anthem must be accepted by all the citizens of the Cyprus Federal Republic without exception," said Vassiliou, a Greek Cypriot who was president between 1988 and 1993. It was the ultimate insult to opposition parties, who showered Vassiliou with epithets, called on the government to sack him and said such talk was a "defeatist approach." "This is part of the policy of those who have taken it on themselves to demolish the Cyprus Republic... what is more logical in a country where 82 percent of the population is (Greek) to hear their national anthem?" centrist MP Zacharias Koulias told Cyprus radio in a heated debate on Friday. Vassiliou, widely regarded as a moderate, recently said that it was only when he became president that the Cypriot flag started being prominently displayed. Cyprus, a former British colony, has been using the Greek national anthem since the early sixties. Plans to introduce an anthem of its own were derailed by intercommunal strife which broke out in 1963 between Greek and Turkish Cypriots. Until 1966, the late Archbishop Makarios, the island"s first president, asked that part of a Beethoven symphony be played instead, historian Christofis Economides told the Cyprus Mail newspaper. The east Mediterranean island has been divided since a Turkish invasion in 1974 after a brief Greek-inspired coup. United Nations sponsored talks to reunite Cyprus started in Geneva this week. The Greek Cypriots, who run the island"s internationally recognised government, want Cyprus re-united as a bizonal-bicommunal federation. Turkish Cypriots, who administer a separate breakaway state in north Cyprus recognised only by Ankara, want a two-state confederation

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