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Leaders re-affirm support for speedy checkpoint openings

Dherynia crossing

The two leaders, President Nicos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci, have said that they both want to see the opening of the Dherynia and Lefka/Apliki crossings as soon as possible, it was reported on Monday.
The opening of the two crossings was agreed by the two leaders last year.
According to the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides confirmed reports from the north that the two leaders had discussed the issue during a telephone conversation.
Akinci had telephoned President Anastasiades to discuss the issue.
Prior to the phone call, Akinci met with members of the United Nations Development Department (UNDP), the EU support office, and the UNFICYP to look at ways to overcome delays in opening the crossings.
The Greek Cypriot head of the technical committee for crossing points, Sotos Zacheos, had said in May that it should take no more than five to seven months to see the opening of the Dherynia crossing. As regards the Lefka crossing in the Morphou area, he had said that it would take longer due to a number of environmental and infrastructural factors.

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