Mustafa Akıncı referred to the confidence building measures and noted that progress has been made on the border crossings and the joining of the electricity grid however the only subject to be at a deadlock is the mobile phone issue.
Drawing attention to the steps taken on the confidence building measures between the two sides of the island during a visit paid to him yesterday, the President touched upon the joining of the electricity grid and said that it was their main aim to permanently join the two systems however this had not been realised yet.
‘Tests have been carried out at two areas in Haspolat and Güzelyurt but a third test is needed. It is our aim to make this permanent as it will benefit the peoples on the island if the electricity systems are interconnected’ said Akıncı adding that economically speaking the prices of electricity should go down once the system is up and running.
‘The only deadlock is the mobile phone issue but this problem is not due to the Turkish Cypriot side” said the President and added that unfortunately they were not at the point they had desired to be on this issue due to the Greek Cypriot side not taking reciprocal steps on the issue.