Cyprus Problem | Confidence Building Measures Launched

Cyprus Problem | Confidence Building Measures Launched

After the meeting between President Nicos Anastasiades and new TRNC President Mustafa Akinci, news of the first exchange of confidence building moves was announced by UN Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide.

“Mr. Akinci announced that from tomorrow (Saturday), there will no longer be a requirement to fill a form at the crossing points.”

In exchange, Anastasiades revealed maps for 28 minefields laid down by Greek Cypriot forces in the Five Finger Mountain area, in the north, just before the 1974 Turkish intervention.

The two Presidents agreed to meet at least twice a month while their negotiators, Ozdil Nami and Andreas Mavroyiannis, will meet more frequently in between. Their next meeting is scheduled for May 28 but they will also meet socially five days earlier.

Anastasiades and Akinci agreed to work on more confidence building measures that will benefit the two communities. The scrapping of visas should not have come into force until Saturday but already Greek Cypriots are traveling north with only their identity details being recorded. Akinci said that this move would increase the number of Greek Cypriots visiting the north.

This initial move brought unanimous international approval.

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3 comments to Cyprus Problem | Confidence Building Measures Launched

  • madethemove

    The Greeks seem to have shown the mined areas as confidence building measures, have they really given anything, it looks like all mines should have gone!!

  • Dominic Freeman

    It also looks as if the no visa measure only means that those at the crossings now don’t have to get out of their cars while their papers are checked.

  • Miltiades