A marathon session between Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis and his Turkish Cypriot counterpart Ozdil Nami on agreeing ‘low politics’ confidence-building measures took place on Friday.
According to sources cited by the Cyprus News Agency, the seven-hour meeting was held in a very positive atmosphere.
The two negotiators will resume their task on Monday, ahead of Thursday’s tete-a-tete of the two leaders, Greek Cypriot Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot Mustafa Akinci, where they will announce the first in a series of CBMs.
The leaders plan to announce bundles of CBMs – reached by the negotiators during their daily sessions – after each bi-weekly meeting.
Daily Kathimerini reported on yesterday that among the measures agreed are the opening of a new crossing point at Paphos Gate in the walled city of Nicosia and the operation of a common street market at the site.
Additionally, the paper said, the opening of the Athienou-Piroi crossing point is also expected to be announced after Thursday’s meeting. Citing unnamed sources, Kathimerini reported that work on repairing the old Athienou-Piroi road is already underway.