President submits extended list with CBMs during informal meeting with Akinci

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, submitted an extended list of Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) during his informal meeting on Tuesday with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, some of which are easier to implement and some more difficult, a source of the Greek Cypriot side has said, adding that the measures will be examined.

Moreover, it noted that Anastasiades also referred during the meeting to issues which pollute the climate, such as the Turkish violations in the Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone and the provocations in Dhenia and Strovilia villages.

The same source said that the CBMs can help improve the climate, sending at the same time the message to the UNSG and his envoy Jane Holl Lute that efforts are being made towards this direction.

As regards the agreement on the mobile telephony CBM, the same source noted that this issue concerns a proposal made by the Greek Cypriot side in 2015, adding that it is important that the providers from each side will separately connect with the same hub, without any agreement between them, and that there is no issue of codes. The subscribers will be able to call the numbers they want and talk over the phone, it added.

With regard to the CBM on electricity, the source said that there is already a connection for approximately one and a half year. This is something which already operates, Turkish Cypriots are provided with electricity when this is needed, they pay for it, and therefore it has been announced that this connection will operate on a permanent basis, it noted.

As regards the resumption of the negotiations on the Cyprus problem, the source said that Anastasiades and Akinci discussed about the terms of reference and the Guterres Framework. Moreover they discussed about Anastasiades’ proposal for the decentralization of powers, which the Turkish Cypriot leader does not reject, insisting though on the issue of the positive vote on all issues, something which the Greek Cypriot side does not accept.

Regarding the terms of reference and the inclusion of the issue of guarantees and security, the same source underlined that the key on this is in Turkey’s hands and what the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu will say about this issue to the UN envoy Jane Holl Lute during the meeting they are expected to have in the near future.

The same source did not rule out the possibility of Anastasiades and Akinci holding more such informal meetings, noting that it was President’s Anastasiades position just after the Conference on Cyprus in Crans-Montana that they should meet more frequently.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in the summer of 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency