19 July, 2004
Foreign Ministry spokesman George Koumoutsakos in a statement on Sunday said that "the package of confidence building measures announced by the Cypriot government will be to the benefit of both the communities as it will contribute in strengthening the feeling of security and will encourage cooperation in Cyprus."
The Cyprus government proposed on Friday the opening of eight additional crossing points along the ceasefire line, disengagement of military forces from the walled part of the capital Nicosia and from the wider Dherinia-Famagusta and Strovilia areas, in eastern Cyprus, de-mining of landmines by both sides, return of the fenced area of Famagusta to its lawful owners, common operation of the Famagusta port and restriction of military exercises.
At the same time, Koumoutsakos, having observed that the announcement of the measures has already received the first positive reactions by the United Nations and by members of the international community, noted that it confirms the will and determination of the Cypriot government to undertake specific initiatives with substantial content so as to create the necessary climate which will help in the effort for a solution to the Cyprus issue and the reunification of the island.
Source: Athens News Agency