Significant Progress on Opening of Ledra Street
Nicosia, Mar 12 – Significant progress on the Ledra Street issue has been achieved during Wednesday’s meeting between Presidential Commissioner George Iacovou and Mr. Talat's adviser Ozdil Nami at the office of the UN Secretary General's Special Representative in Cyprus and UNFICYP Chief of Mission Michael Moller.
Mr. Iacovou confirmed that President Christofias and Mr. Talat will meet on Friday, 21 March at the residency of Mr. Moller and expressed hope that everything will be ready to be decided during the two leaders’ meeting.
“As far as the checkpoint is concerned (Ledra Street), we have made significant progress”, Mr. Iacovou stated, adding that “we will continue our efforts through Mr. Moller and I have credible hopes that everything will be ready to be decided by President Christofias and Mr. Talat on the 21st”.
Nicosia Mayor Eleni Mavrou has stated that the Municipality is ready for the opening of the Ledra Street checkpoint and is anticipating the conclusion of contacts at a political level. She said that on a local administration level, the municipality has worked very close with the Turkish Cypriot side and together have examined plans to support the buildings along the Ledra Street.
”We have worked on a specific timeframe on Ledra Street from the moment a political decision is taken”, she said.
Ms. Mavrou added, “we are working on two scenarios, the first concerning the immediate opening of Ledra Street and to carry out work for about five days on supporting the buildings in the area so that pedestrian movement can be safe, and the second scenario concerns a timeframe of three months to fully repair the buildings in the area.”
She also said that the work that will be carried out after the checkpoint is open, would not affect citizens' movements.