Mavroyiannis and Zackheos inspect works for the opening of Dherynia crossing point

The negotiator of the Greek Cypriot side Andreas Mavroyiannis and the Greek Cypriot Head of the Bicommunal Technical Committee on Crossing Points, Sotos Zackheos inspected on Friday the works underway in the government-controlled areas of the island, for the opening of Dherynia crossing point, in Famagusta district.

Zackheos told the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) that he and Mavroyiannis, accompanied by a Foreign Ministry official and technical staff of the Department of Public Works visited the area and inspected the works which are underway with a view to ensure that the crossing point will be ready to operate according to the timetable announced by President Anastasiades. He also noted that they talked with the local authorities and that the inspection of the works took place in the presence of Cyprus’ Police and army officers.

The works have basically been completed in the government-controlled areas, he noted, adding that it remains to be seen when the necessary works will be completed in the UN-controlled buffer zone, which separates the island’s northern Turkish occupied areas from the southern government-controlled part of the country. Moreover, Zackheos said that next week they will also inspect the works for the opening of the crossing point in Lefka.

He said that based on the process followed by UNDP a consortium of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriot companies will complete the required constructions in the buffer zone, adding that this will be done in Dherynia as well.

Zackheos underlined that on our part we are proceeding to fulfil what has been agreed between the two leaders, namely Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci. He also said that the bicommunal Technical Committee on Crossing Points had a meeting last week.

Regarding the opening of more crossing points, to facilitate movement to and from the islands northern Turkish occupied areas, President Anastasiades had announced after a dinner he had on April 16 with Akinci that what they said during their dinner is that the Dherynia crossing point will probably be delivered by the 1st of July and the Lefka-Apliki crossing point by mid-September.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. The latest round of UN-peace talks at the Swiss resort of Crans – Montana ended without an agreement. Talks held under the auspices of the UN aim at reunifying Cyprus under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency