NICOSIA.- (CNA) – The technical committees, established to work on several aspects of the Annan plan for a Cyprus settlement, have finalised over 50 laws out of the 118 that need to be agreed upon. Robert Dann, Assistant of the UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser for Cyprus Alvaro de Soto, said during a press conference that the committees aim at finalising various parts of the plan that are still blank and look into certain aspects from the technical point of view, in order to make their recommendations that are subject to the approval of the leaders of both communities in Cyprus.
The committees are divided into three groups, the technical committees on laws and treaties, the technical committee on economic and financial aspects of implementation and a third group of committees dealing with issues like the flag, the anthem, the federal buildings and the needs of the federal public service.
Dann said the UN chairs the meetings of the committees, by providing technical and expert input, adding that on the UN side there are over 30 highly qualified professionals staffing the technical committees.
He noted that at the committees’ meetings there is a positive climate among Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot experts, who work ”constructively together”.
He added that the UN have updated their website on the Annan plan and given it a new name which is www.annanplan.org
Chairman of the Committees on Laws and Treaties, Satya Tripathi, said that on the Committees’ agenda is the finalisation of 118 laws and three cooperation agreements, as well as the reviewing of 2,000 treaties and instruments for inclusion in a list for the settlement agreement.
”More than 50 (out of the 118 laws) have been provisionally finalised”, he said.
Every day, close to a hundred experts from both sides assisted by UN experts meet in up to eight different teams to discuss and finalise draft legal texts, Tripathi said.
UN Political Affairs Officer Lisa Jones referred to the technical committee on economic and financial aspects of implementation, saying that the committee is divided into four subcommittees to discuss the issues of Central Bank, public finance and budget, property and relocation, as well as cooperation, coordination and harmonisation.
”There are currently 17 economic and financial professionals supporting the work of the committees, including experts seconded to the UN by the European Central Bank, the European Commission, the German Federal Bank, the IMF and the World Bank”, Jones said.
Chairman of flag and anthem committees and coordinator of implementation issues, Peter Schmitz, said that the UN received 1,506 designs from all over Cyprus and 41 other countries for the flag, while for the anthem they received 111 compositions and or lyrics.
The committee for the flag, comprising three Greek Cypriot and three Turkish Cypriot design and art experts, unanimously agreed on a design and submitted it to the two leaders for their consideration and decision.
The anthem committee is still meeting, whereas the subcommittees for federal buildings and federal public service needs will continue their work this week.