Pres­i­dent an­nounces CBMs ahead of the re­sump­tion of peace talks

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Pres­i­dent Ni­cos Anas­tasi­ades an­nounced a hand­ful of con­fi­dence build­ing mea­sures prior to meet­ing newly-elected Turk­ish Cypriot leader Mustafa Ak­inci on Satur­day, as UN-spon­sored re­uni­fi­ca­tion talks are ex­pected to get un­der­way later in May.

Anas­tasi­ades and Ak­inci dis­cussed their up­com­ing meet­ing dur­ing a tele­phone con­ver­sa­tion they had on Tues­day morn­ing. The venue is yet to be an­nounced.

The mea­sures in­clude in­for­ma­tion and maps with re­gard to 28 anti-per­son­nel mine­fields in the Pen­tadak­ty­los range.

Anas­tasi­ades also an­nounced the trans­fer of the man­age­ment to Evkaf of the Mus­lim places of wor­ship that are in the free ar­eas, and which be­long to the Turk­ish Cypriot com­mu­nity and are not un­der the pro­tec­tion for for­eign em­bassies.

He added that a de­ci­sion has been taken to hire more Turk­ish speak­ing of­fi­cers at the cit­i­zens bu­reaus in Ni­cosia to bet­ter serve the Turk­ish Cypri­ots who seek as­sis­tance, and wel­comed the ef­fort un­der­way to unify the two sides’ foot­ball leagues “and I hope that it is con­cluded suc­cess­fully at the ear­li­est pos­si­ble”.

Ak­inci, who won just over 60% of the vote in the sec­ond round of the elec­tions, oust­ing con­ser­va­tive leader Dervis Eroglu, has al­ready spo­ken in re­cent days of re­open­ing the fenced-off ghost city of Fa­m­a­gusta to al­low Greek Cypriot refuges to re­turn, in re­turn for in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion for the port of Fa­m­a­gusta and Tym­bou-Er­can air­port.

Gov­ern­ment Spokesman Ni­cos Christodoulides said that on the is­sue of Fa­m­a­gusta, the only pro­posal on the ta­ble, for which the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity is al­ready aware of, is the pro­posal sub­mit­ted by Pres­i­dent Anas­tasi­ades which refers to the fenced off area of Fa­m­a­gusta (Varosha).

In­vited to com­ment on state­ments by Ak­inci on the is­sue, the Spokesman said the Greek Cypriot side is aware of his public state­ments only. “When we are specif­i­cally briefed, then we will be able to com­ment,” he added.

As re­gards the il­le­gal air­port in Tym­bou, the Spokesman the is­sue is of­ten in­cluded in public state­ments and that the Greek Cypriot side has no of­fi­cial in­for­ma­tion to this end.

Christodoulides also said that Pres­i­dent Anas­tasi­ades will be pre­sid­ing over a meet­ing of the Na­tional Coun­cil soon.

On the public spat be­tween Ak­inci and Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Tayip Er­do­gan, the Spokesman said that Cyprus gov­ern­ment mon­i­tors closely de­vel­op­ments re­lated to this in­ci­dent.

“We are watch­ing an at­tempt by Ak­inci to break free from Turkey’s de­pen­dence. We are sure that the UN and the for­eign gov­ern­ments who are in­ter­ested in the Cyprus prob­lem closely fol­low th­ese de­vel­op­ments. We will also keep fol­low­ing de­vel­op­ments and will com­ment ac­cord­ingly”, the Spokesman said.

Christodoulides said that UNSG Spe­cial En­voy Espen Barth Eide will be ar­riv­ing on the is­land next Mon­day.

The United Na­tions wel­comed “the pos­i­tive an­nounce­ment on con­fi­dence build­ing mea­sures” that Pres­i­dent Anas­tasi­ades has an­nounced, and sup­ports “mean­ing­ful con­fi­dence build­ing mea­sures which will fur­ther con­trib­ute to the pos­i­tive cli­mate sur­round­ing the talks”, Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, said. He added that “now they are pre­par­ing for the early re­sump­tion of the ne­go­ti­a­tions”, not­ing that “mak­ing progress in th­ese ne­go­ti­a­tions will be of ut­most im­por­tance and will be our main fo­cus in the up­com­ing weeks and months”.

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