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FM Kasoulides pushes forward CBMs proposal to end Cyprus problem’s ongoing impasse

Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides is meeting ambassadors of EU countries to lobby on a proposal put forward by Nicosia aiming to end the ongoing impasse on the Cyprus problem.

The proposal consists of win-win Confidence Building Measures to end the impasse and pave the way for UN-brokered peace talks to resume after a long period of suspension, Philenews reported on Friday.

Kasoulides said he is confident this set of CBMs can build trust and greater cooperation between the two communities and serve as a catalyst for the divided island’s reunification efforts.

He was addressing the reception this week by the ambassador of Netherlands on the occasion of the birthday of His Majesty King Willem-Alexander.

“The implementation of these CBMs concerns, among others, the fenced area of Varosha, the airport of Tymbou, the port of Famagusta, as well as issues pertaining the Cyprus problem in general,” he said.

“It will also enhance our efforts to convince Turkey to refrain from its illegal actions in Varosha and within Cyprus’ maritime zones,” he added.

This is the state of play at the moment with regard to the Cyprus issue, he also said.

Cyprus is divided since a 1974 invasion by Turkey which still maintains troops in the breakaway northern part of the EU-member island.

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