Opening of Limnitis Crossing Point, a Priority Says Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou
Nicosia, Aug 28 --- The opening of a crossing point at Limnitis, on the northwest of Cyprus, is the first priority for the Cypriot government, Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou has said.
He added that the opening of the crossing point would facilitate crossing to and from the Turkish occupied areas, and would help further improve the climate between the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities.
In statements after a Council of Ministers meeting, on Wednesday, the Spokesman said that at the March meeting, between the two community leaders, Cypriot President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, it was agreed that the opening of Limnitis was a matter of priority.
The opening of Limnitis, he said, “is first priority for us, it is an important step which will facilitate Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots in the region and will be a step towards further improving the climate between the two communities and especially ahead of the commencement of direct negotiations on the Cyprus issue on September 3rd, it is very important to have a good climate”.
Asked whether the opening of Limnitis could be linked to any other issue, Mr. Stephanou clarified that there is no such possibility.
“The March agreement between the two leaders as well as other joint communiqués underline the need to open the Limnitis crossing point and I believe that this is very important”, he said, adding “therefore there can be no connection of the issue of Limnitis with the opening of any other crossing points or any other matter”.
Invited to comment on the Turkish Cypriot side’s position to link the opening of Limnitis with the opening of a crossing point in the village of Pyla, Mr. Stephanou reiterated that Pyla cannot be considered a crossing point, as defined in several official papers.
The Spokesman noted that the opening of Limnitis would ''send the right messages and facilitate practically Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots”.
Mr. Stephanou clarified that the Greek Cypriot side has been ready long ago to open Limnitis and noted that now political will is needed.