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Cyprus Internet Directory [ Limnitis on leaders’ agenda today? ]

Limnitis on leaders’ agenda today?

THE GOVERNMENT yesterday declined to comment on reports that the two sides were inching closer to a deal on the opening of a crossing point in Limnitis in the north-west of the island.

Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat was reported to have said the Greek Cypriot side had agreed to provide electricity to the Turkish Cypriot enclave of Kokkina, north of Limnitis.

A Turkish contingent garrisoned in the enclave can only be supplied by sea. Talat said also that a second demand—that Greek Cypriots allow fuel shipments to pass into Kokkina by land—had been rejected by the government.

However, if it were true that the government had accepted to feed electricity to the enclave, that would represent progress in the dispute.

“We want to be sure what it is that Mr. Talat said precisely before we comment, so that we avoid taking pot shots at each other aimlessly,” government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou told a news briefing.

He refused to be further drawn on the issue, except to say that the leaders of the two communities would be meeting today.

Local residents want a crossing to be opened at Limnitis that would allow Greek Cypriot residents of Pyrgos to travel directly to occupied Morphou, which is only a few miles away, instead of having to take the long route south and via Nicosia.

The opening of Limnitis, a confidence-building measure in reunification talks between the two communities, has apparently stumbled on the refusal of the Turkish military in the north.

The issue came to a head last summer, when the Turkish side refused to allow Greek Cypriots to cross to a church in Morphou for a saint’s feast day.

More than once, Greek Cypriots from Tyllyria-Pyrgos area have threatened to block off checkpoints on the Green Line unless an access point is opened at Limnitis.

Community leaders of the area yesterday pledged to take no action until they met with President Christofias.

The President will be flying out to London today; he returns on Sunday.

Stefanou said Christofias intended to see the community leaders as soon as possible after he is back on the island.



(Source: Cyprus Mail)
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