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Main points of UN plan

According to the final draft of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s proposal, the United Republic of Cyprus will be an independent federal state, based on the Swiss model, made up of two equal component states. The bizonal state will have a single international presence and one voice in the EU. Greece, Turkey and Britain remain guarantor powers. The reunified Cyprus pledges to support Turkey’s future EU accession. Greek and Turkish troop numbers are limited to 6,000 each until 2011 and to 3,000 by 2018 or until Turkey joins the EU. After 2018, there will be up to 950 Greek and 650 Turkish troops. The Turkish-Cypriot sector will cover 28.5 percent of the island and the Greek-Cypriot one 61.5 percent, including Morphou and a large part of Famagusta. For 19 years, or until Turkey joins the EU, each group may constitute up to 18 percent of the other sector. For 15 years, or until per capita income of Turkish Cypriots reaches 85 percent that of Greek Cypriots, up to 18 percent of each group can purchase land in the other’s sector.