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Slovak embassy cancels visit to Dherynia crossing due to lack of participation by parties

The Embassy of the Slovak Republic on Friday announced it had to cancel a visit to the Dherynia crossing point, which is still being worked on, due to a lack of representation from political parties on both sides.

The embassy hosts regular meetings between the political parties from both sides at the Ledra Palace hotel in the buffer zone and had planned to visit Dherynia next Tuesday.

“The Ambassador would like to reaffirm that the Embassy of the Slovak Republic attaches great importance to the realisation of this visit under the present circumstances in order to demonstrate the viability of this platform to bridge current issues and to send a strong signal of our devotion and commitment for confidence building measures,” a statement from the embassy said.

“Unfortunately, due to the absence of most of the political parties’ representatives from both communities, the Ambassador is obliged to postpone the visit to Dherynia on 19 June 2018 as well as the proposed visit to Aplic/Lefka on 27 June 2018, crossing points for new unspecified dates after summer”.

Opening a crossing point in Dherynia, and one in the Lefka area had been decided by Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and President Nicos Anastasiades at the onset of reunification negotiations between them in 2015.

Significant work has been done in the area but the projects have not been completed. Last month, Greek and Turkish Cypriots demonstrated at Dherynia demanded it be opened in order to boost confidence and cooperation between the two communities.

Relations have been strained since the talks between the two leaders collapsed at Crans-Montana in Switzerland last July.

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