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Coronavirus: Limnitis crossing point reopens (Updated)

Limnitis crossing point

The Limnitis crossing opened on Friday morning after almost three months of remaining closed due to coronavirus restrictions.

The crossing opened at around 9.30am.

Head of the committee for the opening of the Pyrgos-Limnitis and Kokkina crossings, Andreas Karos, welcomed the development.

He told the Cyprus News Agency that the crossing serves the residents of the Tylliria and the Polis Chrysochous area since it is much easier for them to get to Nicosia through there.

Karos said not many people had crossed since the time it opened as Friday is at the end of the working week.

During the period it was closed, people were forced to travel to Nicosia through another route which takes around three hours. Adding the return, people were spending six hours on the road per day to get to work or their universities.

Residents of the village but also those in Polis Chrysochous and Pomos, were being forced to catch a 3am bus from Kato Pyrgos to Nicosia to get to work on time. With the Limnitis crossing open, buses depart at 5am for Nicosia because the route is much shorter via the north.

The crossing opened following representations by the government to the UN and a phone call between the two leaders. It had remained closed on the Turkish Cypriot side despite the agreement between the two leaders to include Kato Pyrgos residents working in Nicosia among the groups that would be facilitated to cross between the two sides.

Unficyp on Friday also welcomed the opening of the crossing, “following the engagement between the leaders and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Elizabeth Spehar to coordinate action on the crossings.”

“The mission stands ready to assist both communities with the opening of the remaining crossing points,” Unficyp spokesperson Aleem Siddique told the Cyprus Mail.

Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci had reassured President Nicos Anastasiades on Tuesday that the crossing would reopen within the week.

 

 

 

 

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