Greek Cypriot President, Nicos Anastasiades, has expressed the hope that as the barriers of communication between the two sides of the divide in Cyprus are being lifted, the line dividing the country will also be removed.

Anastasiades said on his Twitter account, following the implementation, on Thursday, of the interoperability of mobile phones across the island, that he and Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akinci made their first phone call by which the interoperability of the mobile phones was implemented in practice.

My wish is that as we lifted the barriers of communication, we will also remove the line dividing our country, he added.

The measure to link mobile networks across the divide was among the CBMs the leaders first announced back in 2015. During an informal meeting last February, the leaders decided to implement the CBM on mobile interoperability through separate agreements of the operators on both sides with a hub based in Europe, in order to facilitate greater interaction between the two communities.