Cyprus Mail

EU supports opening of new Green Line crossing points

The Turkish Cypriots want a new road for the Dheryneia crossing

The European Commission on Wednesday amended the Green Line Regulation concerning the movement of goods and persons across the buffer zone to add Dheryneia and Lefka-Apliki to the list of authorised crossings
“As further concrete support, the Commission stands ready to financially contribute to works related to the opening of the crossing points,” it said.
In May the Cypriot leaders agreed on a package of confidence-building measures including the opening of new crossing points. The matter is being dealt with by the bi-communal Technical Committee on crossing points which, in cooperation with the United Nations Peacekeeping Forces in Cyprus (UNFICYP), is currently examining the practical details and financial needs involved in developing the necessary infrastructure of the new crossing points. The date of effective opening of the crossing points had not yet been determined. Dherynia has hit a snag as the Turkish Cypriot side wants to open a new road rather than upgrade the existing one for ‘security reasons’. They believe the old road could be used for political expediency given the deaths of two Greek Cypriot protesters in the area in 1996.

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