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Plan affects people, land

The UN proposal for Cyprus is based on a single «common state» made up of two «component states.» The revised plan does not change executive, legislative and judicial arrangements but it affects the number of Greek-Cypriot refugees who will return north, trims the time frame in which this will occur and cuts the maximum number of troops from Turkey and Greece from under 10,000 to 7,500. The proportion of Greek Cypriots allowed to return to the north of the island has been cut from 33 percent of the Turkish-held territory’s population to 28 percent. Their return will be over a period of 15 years rather than the original 20. A transitional co-presidency has been trimmed from three years to 30 months. There is one map instead of the two, giving Greek Cypriots the northeastern Karpasia peninsula. Turkish settlers over 18 years old and married Turkish Cypriots will be allowed to stay.