‘CBMs will add value to the negotiations’

The two leaders are expected to discuss confidence building measures in parallel with, but not as a substitute for the negotiations, Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said on Tuesday.

Commenting on outcome of the dinner on Monday night between President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, Christodoulides said it had taken place in a positive climate with constructive discussion, mainly with regard to procedures during the negotiations. There was also “intent and desire” for the leaders to meet more often, he added.

“It was a sincere and open dialogue,” he said. “It is important that the resumption of the talks on Friday was agreed. The first meeting will mainly deal with structural and procedural issues. The joint declaration and all that is provided in it were confirmed.”

With regard to confidence building measures (CBM) the spokesman said……………..

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