President Anastasiades Says Next Sunday’s Dinner ‘Doomed’ if Discussion Centers on CBMs

If next Sunday’s dinner aims at discussing Confidence Building Measures (CBMs), then the effort to resume a fruitful dialogue is doomed, President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades said on Tuesday.

The President of the Republic was reacting to comments from the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akinci, who said that CBMs should be discussed as a priority at the dinner bringing the leaders of the two communities together for the first time since last February.

Speaking at an event, in Nicosia, in the presence of Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias and Archbishop Chrysostomos II of Cyprus, the President noted that the effort is to overcome the crisis that erupted, after the Turkish Cypriot side walked out of the peace talks in February.