By Constantinos Psillides
NGOs on both sides of the island are banding together to demand the opening of the Derynia check point on Famagusta Avenue which leads to Famagusta, according to a press release posted on the Cypriot Puzzle webpage.
The NGOs have invited all Famagustians to meet at the check point on Saturday, May 16 from 10.00-11.00 am. According to the organisers, the event will take place on both sides of the check point simultaneously.
At present residents in Derynia and surrounding areas have to travel 17 kilometres to the nearest open check point at Strovilia.
If Derynia crossing point opened the distance would be reduced to 800 metres.
“Such an opening will reduce the distance, improve intercommunal relations, meet humanitarian needs and improve the market potential of the economic actors in the region as it will be allowing them to trade their goods and services,” organisers said.
NGOs and organisations supporting the event so far include the Famagusta Initiative, Famagusta Walled City Association, Famagusta Youth Centre, Famagusta Woman Centre, Cyprus Songs Association, Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Shopkeepers and Artisans, Union of Customs Workers, EMU Academics’ Union, Baraka Cultural Centre, United Cyprus Party, New Cyprus Party and the Social Democrat Party.
The organisers said anyone who wished to add their support for the opening was more than welcome to attend the event.
Famagusta Avenue once connected the villages in the Famagusta district to the city of Famagusta, a well known tourist resort before the 1974 invasion.