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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 07-01-06

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <http://www.cyna.org.cy>


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  • [01] PRESIDENT - LEDRAS STREET

  • [01] PRESIDENT - LEDRAS STREET

    Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos said that the Greek Cypriot side is ready, once necessary preconditions for the secure movement of the people are fulfilled, to demolish the wall in front of the National Guard observation post at Ledras Street, one of Nicosia`s most commercial streets, within 24 hours.

    Invited to comment information that the Turkish army has reacted against the intention of the Turkish Cypriot leadership to demolish the footbridge the occupation regime constructed at the northern end of Ledras Street, Papadopoulos noted that information that seemed to be true said there have been reactions to the initial statement by Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat to dismantle the bridge.

    Demolishing the bridge, the President said, is a step towards the opening of the crossing point at Ledras street.

    He added that the Greek - Cypriot side since December 2005 and later on in July 2006 when UN Under Secretary General for Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari visited Cyprus, has given in writing the preconditions to open the crossing point, such as the withdrawal of the troops from the region, the unmanning of the area, the restoration of adjacent buildings and the demining.

    He said it was inconceivable to move forward and build confidence and good will measures and at the same time have citizens crossing over to the other side along with Turkish military patrols, adding that this would create tension.

    Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory.


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