Independent In-depth Paragraph by Paragraph Analysis of the Implications of the Annan Plan
Article 2 The United Cyprus Republic, its federal government, and its constituent states
Paragraph 1 The status and relationship of the United Cyprus Republic, its federal government, and its constituent states, is modeled on the status and relationship of Switzerland, its federal government, and its cantons.
c. The constituent states are of equal status. Within the limits of the Constitution, they sovereignly exercise all powers not vested by the Constitution in the federal government, organising themselves freely under their own Constitutions.
The Resolutions of the United Nations and the High Level Agreements demand a Federal System of government not a confederation like Switzerland. A federation does not allow its constituent states or cantons to have separate constitutions.
Article 2 1 c should be amended as follows so that Cyprus can function as an effective member of the EU under a federal system not as a loose confederation which is what Annan is proposing which is incompatible with EU membership and contrary to the resolutions of the UN.
“c. The cantons are of equal status with each other. Within the limits of the Constitution, they sovereignly exercise all powers vested in them by the federal government, organising themselves freely and governed by the law.”
Why is Mr Annan not adhering to the form of solution specified by his own organisations resolutions which demand a strong federation not a loose confederation.