UN: Construction at Ledra Street should cease
Nicosia, Dec 12 (CNA) – UNFICYP has declared that construction undertaken by the Turkish side at Ledra Street, in Nicosia, should cease and both sides should resume efforts to find mutually acceptable arrangements for the opening of Ledra Street crossing, a spokesman for the UN Secretary General has said.
''The UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) has said that it is unable to support or facilitate the opening of the proposed crossing at Ledra Street, in the heart of Nicosia, in the absence of the consent of both parties”, the Spokesman underlined.
The spokesman added that “UNFICYP's view is that while construction undertaken by the Turkish side is outside the buffer zone, being to the north of the ceasefire line, it should cease”.
At the same time he stressed that “both sides should resume efforts to find mutually acceptable arrangements for the opening of Ledra Street crossing”.
The Turkish side began construction work in a unilateral move, as efforts were underway to open a sixth crossing point between the northern Turkish occupied part of Cyprus and the southern government controlled part of the island.
The Cyprus government has proposed an end to all construction and a dialogue to find a way out of the current deadlock in efforts to open another check point.
A total of five crossing points operate along the ceasefire line to facilitate movement of people to and from the occupied areas, at the Ledra Palace Hotel, in Nicosia, Pergamos and Strovilia, on the east, Ayios Dometios and Zodia, on the western suburbs of the capital.
According to police records, thousands of Cypriots cross daily by car or on foot the dividing line, most of them Turkish Cypriots.