By Kerem Hasan
President Akıncı’s comments were made during an international folk dancing festival in Çağlayan, north-east of the walled city of Lefkoşa, on Friday last week when Lefkoşa Mayor Mehmet Harmancı made a fresh call to Mr Ansatasiades regarding the opening of new crossing points.
Mr Harmancı said that he and his South Nicosia counterpart took a joint decision three years ago to open a vehicle checkpoint near the eastern Famagusta (Mağusa) Gate and one for pedestrians at the western Paphos (Baf) Gate, in addition to the existing crossings at Ledra Palace, Lokmacı and Metehan, but that there had been no progress due to the Greek Cypriot leadership’s stance.
As reported by Cyprus Today in February, Mr Harmancı said the Greek Cypriot co-chairman of the Bicommunual Technical Committee on crossings sought to tackle the issue on a reciprocal basis by opening the proposed new gates “in return” for others, including one in the buffer zone village of Atienou (Kiracıköy), near Akıncılar.
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