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Lefka – Apliki and Deryneia crossings open (pictures)

November 12, 2018 at 4:54pm

Lefka – Apliki and Deryneia crossings opened at 12 pm.

More than 100 people waited at the Deryneia checkpoing from early on Monday morning, to cross to the north, CNA reported.

Turkish Cypriots welcomed Greek Cypriots, holding olive branches.

Greek and Turkish Cypriot media, as well as international media, covered the openings.

Greek Cypriot soldiers removing the barriers at the crossing point.

Tensions rose briefly in Deryneia

Some protesters who are against the openings of crossing-points, including far-right party ELAM were present in Deryneia.

According to philenews, around 10:30 am a verbal dispute started between them and proponents of the openings.

Members of ELAM youth holding a banner writing: “The crossing point of shame. Have you forgotten? We will never forget.”

Deryneia mayor Andros Karayiannis and police wearing anti-protest gear were at the location, trying to control the situation.

Kato Deryneia residents went on a peace march, holding pictures of Turkish-occupied landmarks of the area. “We experience this day with mixed feelings, as Kato Deryneia is deserted and used for military purposes,” they told Phileleftheros.

Lefka-Apliki

The crossing point in Lefka-Apliki opened shortly after noon on Monday.

In Lefka, a small celebration with Cypriot dances preceded the opening. Turkish Cypriot residents of the area welcomed Greek Cypriots with olive branches and offered them oranges and tangerines.

The crossing point in Lefka.

Lefka, a large mixed village in the Turkish occupied north of Cyprus, is 52 km west of the capital Nicosia. Nestled between mountains and sea, it connects with Karavostasi village (4km) and Xeros (around 4.5km), in the south with Apliki village and south-easterly with Skouriotisa.

Deryneia, in the east of Cyprus, is only two kilometres away from the Turkish occupied town of Famagusta. The crossing point, located at Famagusta Avenue, leads straight into Turkish occupied Famagusta town. However, residents of the Famagusta district in the government controlled areas had to  travel through the Vrysoules checkpoint and go all the way round, making a 40 minute journey to enter the town.

The opening of the crossings was agreed by Akinci and Anastasiades in 2015.

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