Members of Turkish Cypriot Famagusta Initiative and Greek Cypriot Famagusta, our City gathered at opposite sides of the Dherynia crossing in Famagusta on Saturday. They demanded that the crossing be opened, the day after President Mustafa Akinci said that visa slips were no longer required at border crossings.
In a joint declaration, the groups said that opening the road would promote co-operation and cultivate dialogue, thus building trust between the two communities and peace in Cyprus.
Famagusta, our City, said opening the road would be a first step towards the resettlement of Varosha. Eventually its residents could resettle, meanwhile access for both communities would cut down journey times and improve communal relations.
Varosha has been a ‘ghost city’ since its inhabitants abandoned it in August 1974 as Turkish troops advanced.
Pavlos Iacovou, for Famagusta, Our City, and Famagusta Initiative’s Serdan Atay, handed the UN the declaration addressed to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.