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NEW RESEARCH says that economically Cyprus would fare best with a functional federation with loose bizonality, and even a two-state solution if that option were politically impossible.

The report titled “The Political Economy of a Cyprus settlement: The examination of Four Scenarios”, by Andreas Theophanous was presented yesterday by the International Peace Research Institute (PRIO).

The scenarios were a bizonal bicommunal federation a continuation of the status quo, a two-state solution and a functional federation with loose bizonality.

A two-state solution based on a ‘land for recognition’ deal would create an economic boom on both sides due to the wealth generated through property compensation. “There could be mutual benefits if the two states co-operate and the ‘TRNC’ embarks on a path of modernisation and Europeanisation,” said Theophanous.

However he warned this would not happen if the north remained under the influence of Turkey. In this scenario, if the Cyprus Republic continued to flourish, it could lead to cold relations between the two Cypriot sides, which could result in restrictions on freedom of movement.

“The implementation of such a model is extremely difficult, if not impossible because of serious domestic and external constraints,” Theophanous said.

He said a functional federation with loose bizonality would, by emphasising integration, avoid the deadlocks of the classic bicommunal model. This model would encourage common and social economic goals.

“The implementation of this model may generate an economic miracle and have positive repercussions beyond Cyprus,” he said.

Theophanous said the model based on the mainstream version of a bizonal bicommunal federation such as the Annan plan would lead to problems that would not encourage the emergence of common objectives and a common vision.

“This would lead to economic and political bottlenecks,” Theophanous said, adding that this could include conflicting fiscal policies that would impede the process of economic convergence.

The fourth option - the continuation of the status quo - however, “entails severe losses, foregone opportunities and a much more difficult political environment,” according to Theophanous.

He said Greek Cypriots would resent the rights and in some cases the privileges enjoyed by Turkish Cypriots in the Republic, without obligations that may arise.

(Source: Cyprus Mail)

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