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UNFICYP: De-mining activity in Zodia area to start next week
2005-02-04 10:39:47

Nicosia, Feb 4 (CNA) -- De-mining activity in the Zodia-Astromeritis area, west of Nicosia, where a new crossing point will open, is expected to start by next week, UNFICYP Spokesman Brian Kelly, told CNA today.

Kelly said that the EU-funded UNOPS Partnership For the Future (PFF) de-mining project team is in the Astromeritis - Zodia area today examining the terrain where a new crossing will eventually be located, with a view to starting de-mining activity next week.

''UNFICYP welcomes all initiatives that result in the opening of new crossings,'' Kelly added, noting the Force is ''committed to insuring safety and security of those areas.''

The Cypriot government announced last june a series of Military Confidence Building Measures, comprising the opening of eight new crossing points, including the one in Zodia.

Yesterday Turkish Cypriot politician Mehmet Ali Talat, self-styled premier in the occupied areas, announced that the Turkish side consented to the opening of the Zodia crossing point.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 per cent of its territory.

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