Seventh Crossing Point Opening Mid October
The seventh crossing point along the Green Line will open on October 14th, said a United Nations (UN) spokesman.
Limnitis/Yesilirmak will open during an event hosted by the UN following the completion of roadworks carried out by the FAP-Tarmac Greek-and-Turkish Cypriot joint venture, said the spokesman.
"The European Union is fully behind confidence building measures like the opening of this crossing point and is proud to have contributed with its financial support to a major landmark of the Cypriot pursuit of peace," said Stefan Füle, EU commissioner for enlargement and neighborhood policy who will open the crossing on October 14th.
During his visit Mr Füle will have meetings with President Christofias, Markos Kyprianou, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Derviş Eroğlu, leader of the Turkish Cypriot community and Alexander Downer, UN special advisor. He will also meet the leaders of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot political parties and Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot business leaders.
Once the new checkpoint opens, drivers from Nicosia will be able to get to the northwestern side of the island to areas like Polis in less than half the time it takes now. Originally the project was to take four months, however, it has been six months since the announcement that roadworks had started at the end of March this year.
President Demetris Christofias and Turkish-Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat agreed on the opening of a buffer zone crossing at Limnitis/Yeşilirmak in June 2009. The joint venture is funded by the European Union, the United States Agency for International Development and the Government of the Republic of Cyprus.
Photo credit: United Nations
Above: Presidential advisor George Iacovou visits the project.
Below: Aerial view of Limnitis project