Anastasiades to address public on ‘decentralised federation’, mobiles soon

A national council meeting has been scheduled for November 12 so that President Nicos Anastasiades can brief party leaders over the latest developments in the Cyprus problem.

Prior to the council meeting, Anastasiades will address the public on Tuesday to inform them about the idea for a decentralised federation as a model for reuniting the island.

Government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said the national council meeting was initially scheduled for this Monday, but some party leaders could not make it.

Anastasiades will be briefing the leaders about his meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci last Friday, and UN envoy Jane Holl Lute on Wednesday.

Prodromou said Anastasiades and Akinci could meet anew on November 12 if the two sides strike an agreement over telephone connections. So far there was nothing concrete on the matter, the spokesman said.

The Dherynia and Lefka crossings are scheduled to open on the same day.

Asked whether there had been a meeting on Thursday on the phone connectivity issue, Prodromou said he had no information on the matter.

Since 2015, when linking of mobile telephony in the south and north of the island was decided there has not been any concrete progress.

Currently, Greek Cypriot mobile phone SIM cards do not work in the north – and vice versa – while calls have to go through Turkey.

The goal was for phones to work on both sides without having to pay international  and roaming rates.

Source CYPRUS MAIL
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