President hopes that as barriers of communication have been lifted, the dividing line will also be removed

Cyprus President, Nicos Anastasiades, has expressed the hope that as the barriers of communication between the two sides of the divide in Cyprus have been lifted, the line dividing the country will also be removed.

Anastasiades said on his Twitter account, following the implementation, on Thursday, of the interoperability of mobile phones across the island, that he and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci made their first phone call by which the interoperability of the mobile phones was implemented in practice.

My wish is that as we lifted the barriers of communication, we will also remove the line dividing our country, he added.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The last round of negotiations, in the summer of 2017, at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

The measure to link mobile networks across the divide was among the CBMs the leaders first announced back in 2015. During an informal meeting last February, the leaders decided to implement the CBM on mobile interoperability through separate agreements of the operators on both sides with a hub based in Europe, in order to facilitate greater interaction between the two communities

Source: Cyprus News Agency