CBMs must not give political advantage to any side, FM Kasoulides stresses

Those who want to proceed with the implementation of Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) must have the political will to adopt such measures that do not give political advantages to either side in Cyprus, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides has said, noting that if CBMs create faits accomplis on a political level, then they are not CBMs.

“There are solutions, for example with regard to mobile telephony which do not create a political advantage for either side and these solutions should be adopted,” the Minister said in statements to the press, on the sidelines of the 5th Intercultural workshop on Democracy organized on April 3-4 in Nicosia, by the Venice Commission, in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus, in the framework of the Presidency of Cyprus of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and in co-operation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus.

The Turkish side, he noted, rejects them and cannot understand “why we cannot accept” its positions. The Turkish side “cannot pretend that it cannot understand,” Kasoulides pointed out and said that the same applies to the issues regarding the crossings between the island’s northern Turkish occupied areas and the southern government controlled part of the country as well as the status of the ceasefire line.

“On these they are very well aware of the fact that our position remains the same, as the Turkish Cypriot sides position continues to be the same, since Rauf Denktash was the Turkish Cypriot leader,” he added.

The definition of the CBMs is that they constitute agreements and actions that do not give any political advantage to either side, Kasoulides noted.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. UN-led peace talks, which resumed in May 2015, aim to reunite the country under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency