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Turkish Cypriots to cross the divide by their vehicles
2003-05-09 11:52:35

Nicosia, May 9 (CNA) -- As of tomorrow Turkish Cypriots living in the Turkish-occupied part of Cyprus will be able to cross the divide by their vehicles.

The Cyprus House of Representatives approved yesterday a bew legislation amending vehicle regulations so as to make possible the movement of Turkish Cypriot motorists in the government-controlled areas of the Republic.|

The law, which was adopted with 37 votes in favour and 9 abstentions, provides for the registration of the vehicles and the issuing of temporary driving licenses to Turkish Cypriots. It was published today in the Official Gazette.

The bill was tabled before the plenary yesterday by Communication and Works Minister Kikis Kazamias, and was forwarded immediately for approval.

It is expected that this measure, which is part of a package of measures aimed at supporting Turkish Cypriots, will come into force as from tomorrow through a new checkpoint at Agios Dhometios, a western suburb of Nicosia, the world's last divided capital.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied one third of the island's territory.

The illegal regime in the Turkish-occupied north decided last month to ease restrictions on free movement which it had imposed in 1974.


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