Cyprus: Official document being prepared on convergences and deviations

Cyprus: Official document being prepared on convergences and deviations

Nicosia, June 2, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

Three out of the five MOEs are not applicable!

By Pandelis Diomidous of MAXHnews

Inapplicable are three of the five confidence-building measures announced Thursday by the President of the Republic of Cyprus Nikos Anstasiades and the Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci.

The five measures are:

  1. Preparations will be amde to open two new “crossing points”, those of “Lefka” and “Deryneia”.
  2. Connection of the electricity network between occupied and free territories
  3. There was an expressed desire for the interoperability of the mobile networks
  4. Put a stop to radio interferences
  5. Establishment of a Committee for Gender Equality

Applicable are the steps 1 and 5 relating to the opening of the two roadblocks and a committee for gender equality.

The remaining three are, for now, impossible to implement.

*Connection of the electricity network between occupied and free territories

There are huge technical problems and network security issues, and will need long-term effort to solve them.

*Expressed desire for interoperability of the mobile networks

This measure refers to the interoperability mobile networks and not their connection. The interoperability relates to how the operation of mobile networks will be made compatible, as things stand today, namely mobile telephony operators in the occupied and free areas. Simply put, we are not talking about a measure of integration of mobile telephony, but a measure of normalization of the status quo.

*Put a stop to radio interferences

Both sides argue that interferences come from the other side.

The implementation of measures 2, 3 and 4 (connection of electricity power system, interoperability of mobile networks and RF coordination) require the de facto assumption for a separate (second) entity in Cyprus. Some consider that this is manageable if the talks proceed. But if talks do not proceed and there is another impasse there is a risk of deepening the separation and an upgrade of the pseudo-state.

Meanwhile:

The Turkish newspaper “Milliyet” writes that the two negotiators, Andreas Mavroyiannis and Ozdil Nami work on a new document, in which are listed the points that both sides agree and the points on which they disagreed. According to “Milliyet”, the two leaders were informed on this work during the meeting of Thursday 28, and this important document is expected to lead the process to a referendum.