Turkish Cypriot negotiator Ozdil Nami met with his Greek Cypriot counterpart Andreas Mavroyiannis for seven hours on Friday to agree on ‘low politics’ confidence-building measures (CBMs). Sources say that the atmosphere of the meeting was very positive.
The two negotiators will continue their work on Monday, ahead of a meeting on Thursday between Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akinci, where they will announce the first in a series of CBMs.
According to Greek Cypriot daily ‘Kathimerini’, among the measures agreed so far, 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.
In addition, the paper said that 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.
Athienou/Kiracikoy is a village in the Larnaca District. It is one of only four villages located within the UN Buffer Zone, the other three being Pyla/Pyle, Troulloi and Deneia/Denya.