As far as Cyprob discussions are concerned, confidence-building measures, CBMs, have been the most talked about subject. High politics, like opening of Varosha, the closed town of Famagusta is not on the cards. It has to wait until the end. On the table are “small” CBMs, gestures that would make people’s everyday lives easier, like opening more checkpoints. Yesterday the leaders announced that crossing points in Lefka and Dherynia will be open in due course, as soon as both sides complete set-ups for receiving and moving people from the one side to the other. All week I had people telling me that another CBM, linking mobile phones in all Cyprus, north and south, would be very difficult to achieve. Yesterday, though, it was announced that this particular measure will be implemented. One of the feasible CMBs seems to be a bi-communal project to detect hearing loss in babies. A newborn hearing screening programme has been successfully developed and run on the Greek Cypriot side. Now scientists from both communities want to take to the north and get noticed by the negotiating teams.
Espen Barth Eide – and the two sides for that matter………….
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