Local mayors of municipalities around Famagusta Gate in Lefkoşa are asking for the old Famagusta Gate border crossing to be reopened. They have suggested that that this will solve the current problem of long queues of vehicles waiting at the Metehan border crossing.
At Metehan, there are long tailbacks because the Greek Cypriots are drawn across the border to spend their euros which are much stronger against the devalued lira and where fuel, cigarettes and food is much cheaper.
The mayors of Yeni Cami and Çağlayan told Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Havadis’ that the opening of Famagusta Gate would revive Lefkoşa and would benefit the people. They also said that this crossing point had been open before 1974 and was one of the main entrances to Lefkoşa.