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Coronavirus: Bicommunal committee to discuss reopening of crossing points, says Akinci

The Bicommunal Technical Committee on Health will hold a joint teleconference on Wednesday to assess the situation regarding coronavirus, said Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci on Monday.

Akinci also spoke about the reopening of the crossing points, calling on members of the committee on both sides to come up with a viable solution.

“We need to hear the experts’ thoughts on the matter, but the important thing is keeping everyone on the island safe and healthy,” he said.

Akinci said the north is ready to open talks aimed at reopening the crossing points soon, based on the health experts’ advice in recent days.

“I want to be positive and I will continue to cooperate with the Republic of Cyprus and with the UN so that we can finally achieve that.”

Akinci added that no new cases have been recorded in the north for more than 20 days.

“Coupled with the fact that in the Republic the number of daily cases is in the single digits, I think we can be optimistic,” he said.

“Opening the crossing points would be socially and economically beneficial to both communities, we need to work together in order to achieve that as soon as possible,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, the Greek Cypriot head of the committee Leonidas Fylaktou said he and his Turkish Cypriot counterpart have agreed to discuss the situation as a whole on both sides, when asked whether they would discussing opening checkpoints.

“The main topic will be to inform each other on the pandemic, the situation on both sides, and the measures being taken,” he said.

Commenting further on the meeting, he said they will also examine some Turkish Cypriot requests for drugs for Turkish Cypriot patients.

He added he is in daily contact with the Turkish Cypriot side.

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