Greek Cypriot Leader Nikos Anastasiadis has expressed his opinion and decisions named “confidence building measures towards Turkish Cypriots.”
According to the Greek news source, in his written statement, Anastasiades said that he was announcing the CBMs on the occasion of the resumption of talks and his strong conviction about the need to create a climate of trust that would boost the negotiating procedure.
Anastasiades said he would provide the ground maps for 28 minefields laid down by Greek Cypriot forces in the Pendadaktylos mountain area in the North in his first meeting with the newly elect President Mustafa Akinci.
The Greek Cypriot leader also said that they decided to hand over the management of certain Muslim religious sites in the South Cyprus to Evkaf, the foundation that oversees Islamic land holdings.
The sites in question belong to the Turkish Cypriot community and are not under the protection of foreign embassies, the statement said.
It was also said that Turkish-speaking persons will be employed at ‘citizen service centers’ in South Nicosia to make it easier for Turkish Cypriots to carry out their operations. The Greek Cypriot leader also welcomed the ongoing effort to unify the island’s football, which he hopes would come to a successful conclusion soon.
Anastasiades also said he’s pleased with Akinci’s willingness to bolster the atmosphere of trust and confidence between the Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots”