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Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Turkey and the Government of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus on the establishment of an Association Council

 

In line with the objective of achieving integration between the two countries in the economic and financial fields as well as achieving partial integration in matters of security, defense and foreign affairs, on the basis of association, which found expression in the Joint Declaration of 20 January, 1997 and 20 July, 1997, respectively, the Government of the Republic of Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus agree on the following:

Article 1

An Association Council shall be estalished between the Republic of Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

Article II

The Association Council shall determine the measures to be taken with the aim of achieving integration between the two countries in the economic and financial fields and achieving partial integration in matters of security, defence and foreign affairs, on the basis of association, shall recommend the implementation of these measures to their Governments and shall monitor their implementations.

Article III

The Association Council shall take its decisions, which shall be of and advisory nature, by concurrence.

Article IV

The Association Council shall be composed of five members to be appointed by the Government of the Republic of Turkey and five members by the Government of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, and five members from the Grand National Assembly of the Republic of Turkey and five members from the Legislative Assembly of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

Article V

Depending of the nature of the subjects to be taken up, appropriate experts my also take part in the meetings of the Association Council.

Article VI

Unless decided otherwise, the Association Council shall meet at least once every six months.

Article VII

The Association Council shall have the power to establish such sub-committees that it deems necessary.

Article VIII

If the Association Council deems it necessary, it may also hold meetings at the level of experts.

Article IX

The governments of the two countries shall determine which government members will take part in the meetings of the Association Council. The members of parliament who will take part shall be determined by the Assembly Presidency of the two countries.

Article X

The Association Council shall hold its meetings in Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus on a rotation basis. The Presidency of the Council shall also rotate between Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus on a six-monthly basis.

The Association Council shall hold its meetings in Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus on a rotation basis. The Presidency of the Council shall also rotate between Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus on a six-monthly basis.

Article XI

The chairman of the meetings shall determine the agenda of the meetings of the Association Council; notify the other side 15 days in advance; prepare the minutes of the meetings; and transmit them to the other side.

Article XII

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Defence of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus shall provide the Secretariat services at the meetings of the Association Council.

This Agreement shall enter into force upon the completion of the ratification process and exchange of the documents of ratification.

The original of this agreement was signed in Turkish in Lefkoşa on 6 August, 1997.

The Association Council shall hold its meetings in Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus on a rotation basis. The Presidency of the Council shall also rotate between Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus on a six-monthly basis.