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Brussels, 29 March 2010

Cyprus – EU supports opening of a new "Green Line" - crossing point at Limnitis/ Yeşilirmak

The launch of the works for the opening of a long awaited crossing point at Limnitis/Yesilirmak today marks an important step forward in building confidence between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities.

Marking the ceremony, Commissioner Štefan Füle said “I welcome that today works start on the road between Kato Pyrgos/Asagi Pirgo and Limnitis/Yeşilirmak with the financial support from the EU. This will allow later in the year to open a new crossing point at the Green Line, offering new opportunities in the every day lives of many Cypriots. "

On 26 June 2009 the Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat took the decision to agree on the opening of the Limnitis/Yeşilirmak crossing point.

Today marks the start of the concrete works on the upgrading of the 5.7 km road between Kato Pyrgos/Asagi Pirgo and Limnitis/Yeşilirmak in the northwest of the island which upon completion later in the year will enable the crossing of goods and persons.

The EU is contributing €2.5 million to the works from the €259 million aid programme for the Turkish Cypriot community managed by the European Commission. This makes the EU the single largest contributor to the €5 million project. The EU had previously funded the technical feasibility study for the works.

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