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State blames Turkish Cypriot side for delay to Famagusta crossing

The proposed crossing point near Dherynia (CM archives)

The delay in opening a crossing point to the north in Famagusta is not the fault of the Greek Cypriot side, government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said on Friday.

The spokesman said the Greek Cypriot side has completed preparations and is ready to open the Dherynia crossing but there are still ongoing procedures on the Turkish Cypriot side.

“Unfortunately, there is a delay and it is in no way due to our side,” Prodromou said.

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

The initial deal, Prodromou said, was for more crossing points and that the two would only be the beginning.

“Unfortunately, there are delays,” he said, suggesting that the delay was the fault of the Turkish army, which has installations in the area.

“Any complications in the relations of the occupying army and the Turkish Cypriot side is not something that concerns us. Our side was and is ready to open the Dherynia checkpoint,” Prodromou added.

Though the Greek Cypriot side has no military obstacles, there have been voices in the south, mainly from Famagusta business interests, against opening the thoroughfare.

In the past, Famagusta business circles and the mayor of Ayia Napa had openly voiced their opposition to the crossing, expressing concern that it would hurt business in the south.

More recently, Famagusta Mayor Alexis Galanos also voiced opposition to the crossing.

 

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