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Tatar election, Varosha pushing back Pyroi opening, says Athienou mayor

Pirroi Checkpoint

Athienou mayor Kyriakos Kareklas has voiced concern that recent developments in the north, specifically the election of Ersin Tatar as Turkish Cypriot leader and the reopening of a part of Varosha may further delay the opening of a crossing at Pyroi.

Speaking to CNA on Thursday, Kareklas said “the municipality is watching with bitterness the developments in the occupied areas, which are seriously affecting the possibility of opening the Pyroi crossing.”

“A few weeks ago, some people in Athienou suggested visiting then Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci before the elections in the north in order for him to inform us about any potential updates regarding the crossing.”

“We have not managed to speak to Akinci and now it is up to President (Nicos) Anastasiades, rather than to the mayor of Athienou, to raise the issue with Tatar.

“For our part, we will not agree to the opening of any other crossings unless that of Pyroi is opened first,” Kareklas said.

Athienou residents need  between 45 minutes to an hour to reach Nicosia. Opening a checkpoint would significantly cut travel time to 10 minutes.


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