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06-02-2019 18:50 | Read 344 times

What type of federalism?

A former senior official in the 1960 Republic of Cyprus has revealed that the Turkish Cypriot side advocated 40 years ago the kind of loose federation now being put forward by Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades as a way out of the impasse in peace talks.

What type of federalism?

Prominent accountant Rüstem Z Tatar, who was auditor general in the newly independent state until its violent collapse in 1963, said “nothing has changed” in the Greek Cypriots’ attitude during more than half a century of efforts to resolve the Cyprus problem.

Born in 1930, Mr Tatar experienced the entirety of the Cyprus dispute, starting with the first Eoka violence of 1955, intercommunal fighting, during which he was responsible for financing the Turkish Resistance Organisation (TMT), the Turkish military intervention to the foundation of the Turkish Cypriot state that followed.

He was finance minister of the Cyprus Turkish Administration and later the Turkish Federated State of Cyprus (TFSC) from 1967 to 1976 and a member of the negotiating team to founding President Rauf Denktaş, who appointed him Turkish Cypriot member of the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP), where he served between 1984 and 2005.

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