News Local Work of bicommunal technical committees to be reviewed

Work of bicommunal technical committees to be reviewed

Ambassador Andreas Mavrommatis — who is the Greek Cypriot side’s negotiator in the Cyprus peace talks — will review progress in the work of the bicommunal technical committees at a meeting with Greek Cypriot members in early September, government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said on Friday.

“This is a regular meeting during which progress in the work of the technical committees is reviewed,” he said.

As regards confidence building measures, he said that President Nicos Anastasiades had submitted proposals for 21 measures with the Turkish occupied ghost city of Famagusta top of the list.

“Of course the issue of Famagusta is of course a top issue. Unfortunately we see the opposite movements in the occupied areas. The President of the Republic has revived the idea in line with UN Security Council decisions for the setting up of a UN committee to study and prepare for the town to be handed back to its legal residents in compliance with UN resolutions,” he said.

The opening of additional checkpoints, including those at Athienou -Pirroi and at Kokkina was also high on the list of priorities.

The Cyprus News Agency said that  during the meeting under Mavroyiannis  the technical committees will be encouraged to participate in the EU’s “Support facility to bi-communal Technical Committees”.

The EU has allocated 1 million euro over two years for this facility — beginning from April 2019.

A source told CNA that there has been some interest but not from all the committees. The meeting would give further explanation as to how this programme works and how it can be used,

According to an UNDP announcement issued at the end of July four proposals submitted by the technical committees had received the green light for EU funding. The proposals had been submitted by the committees on crime, on humanitarian issues, on the environment and on education.

They cover participation in a Cambridge University workshop to jointly manage issues, participation in the Angels of peace programme, coordination on environment issues and the publication on a pilot basis of training manuals on peace education.

Top Stories

Triple digit covid cases for a 3rd day running but going down-101 today One in 18 positive

  One hundred and oney new Covid-19 cases were announced today, out of 2 thousand 781 tests, taking the total number of confirmed patients to...

Sudan says it will discuss trade, migration deals with Israel

  Sudan and Israel will discuss agreements to cooperate on trade and migration issues in the coming weeks, the Sudanese foreign ministry said, signaling steps...

‘Macron a nutcase who’s lost his way’, Erdogan says in new insulting tirade

  Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Emmanuel Macron had “lost his way”, in his second sharp criticism of the French leader in two days over...

Armenian community in Cyprus holds Karabakh protest

  The Armenian community in Cyprus held an all-day protest today, condemning the Azeri attack on Nagorno Karabakh. The march went through various areas of Nicosia,...

Spain decrees new state of emergency in COVID-19 fight

  Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced a new state of emergency in an effort to curb soaring coronavirus infections, imposing local nighttime curfews and...

Taste

Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...

Mezedes

No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...