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18 June, 2024
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Bicommunal health committee working on reopening of crossings

The bicommunal technical committee on health is working on a road map and certain criteria that would allow crossings to reopen


Authorities in the north have instructed the bicommunal technical committee on health to draw up a road map for the restoration of crossings to pre-pandemic conditions as soon as the epidemiological situation allows.

Reports from the north said a spokesperson for Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar stated the technical committee had been asked to work towards harmonising pandemic rules and creating a road map for the reopening of crossings as soon as possible.

The spokesperson said during the visit paid to Cyprus by the UNSG’s special representative Elizabeth Spehar, agreement was reached among both sides that crossings would reopen as soon as conditions allow.

The Cyprus News Agency (CNA) reported that a diplomatic source from Nicosia said crossings would open when epidemiological conditions allow and after a political decision is made by the government.

The Greek Cypriot head of the committee Leonidas Phylactou told the CNA that meetings are being held on the issue with the participation of experts from both side in view of introducing epidemiological criteria that would allow the reopening of crossings.

"We have brought in experts from both sides so that we can see if there are common criteria that allow the gradual opening of the crossing points," he said, noting that this is not a roadmap with dates, since it all depends on epidemiological data.

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