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UN crews working to open Limnitis checkpoint
2009-07-27 08:48:56

Nicosia, Jul 21 (CNA) Ė United Nations crews are working in the buffer zone, along the road which connects Kato Pyrgos to occupied Limnitis, where the new checkpoint will open, Andreas Karos, head of the coordinating committee for the opening the checkpoint, has told CNA.

In his remarks, Mr. Karos said that all work done will be to widen and repair the six-kilometre road which is a one way-road and will be temporarily used by ambulances and the Fire Brigade.

On August 8, the road will be used to allow the buses which will carry Turkish Cypriots to Kokkina cross.

Mr. Karos expressed hope that Greek Cypriots will be allowed to cross to Morfou on September 2 for the church service to honour Ayios Mamas' name day.

Around 20 UN vehicles are in the area while a helicopter transported around 15 persons to the area. Work is also expected to be carried out at Kokkina.

On June 26, during their 34th meeting in the framework of the direct negotiations aiming to solve the Cyprus problem, the leaders of the two communities, President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, reached an agreement on the opening of Limnitis crossing point.

The opening of Limnitis will facilitate movement between the islandís northern Turkish occupied areas and the southern government controlled part of the country.

For the past 45 years, Greek Cypriot residents in the area of Limnitis, on the northwest, have to travel to Paphos, on the western coast, and Limassol, on the south, in order to reach the capital Nicosia.

Opening a crossing point at Limnitis would make this journey far shorter. In the recent past, several crossing points to and from the islandís northern Turkish occupied areas have opened to facilitate the movement of people.

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