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PM gives orders on opening crossing points

PM gives orders on opening crossing points

Prime Minister Ersin Tatar on Wednesday said they were ready for the health ministries of the two sides to work together for the reopening of the crossing points.

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Prime Minister Ersin Tatar on Wednesday said they were ready for the health ministries of the two sides to work together for the reopening of the crossing points.

According to a statement issued by his office, Tatar instructed his health minister Ali Pilli to start work on reopening the crossing points as soon as possible in line with necessary health rules and protocols.

He said that Pilli will be launching an initiative to discuss the issue with Greek Cypriot authorities.

We have been seeing increased reports in the press on both sides on how and when the crossing points will be reopened. Customs and immigration is currently operating at the crossing points. The only reason why crossing of individuals has been halted is because of the pandemic. That is why the reopening of the crossing points is totally up to our health experts, Tatar said.

He reminded that there have been no new cases in the north for the past 34 days but added that precautions and some restrictions were still in place.

The cases in the South have also dropped considerably and they too still have restrictions in place he said and added that they were ready to reopen the crossing points if the health experts gave the green light.

Were welcoming the statement from the Greek Cypriot side that they are ready to share data with us and evaluate the situation. We are ready for the health ministries of both sides to conduct work in this direction. I hope that the necessary cooperation is carried out on this issue which concerns both sides and that the crossing points are reopened in the earliest possible time with health given priority, he added.

Later on Wednesday, Prime Minister Ersin Tatar received a group representing more than 1,500 Turkish Cypriots working in the south.

Speaking during the visit, Tatar said it was important to be in dialogue and to reopen the crossing points when the time was right so that the workers could return to their jobs.

It seems from the thousands of tests we have carried out that we have no new cases. As a result the process for normalisation is progressing swiftly, he added.

Tatar reminded that he had instructed his health minister to try to establish contact with his counterpart in the south.

Our foreign minister can do the same with the UN, he added.

Meanwhile, also on Wednesday, the TRNC Minister of Health Ali Pilli said that he had launched an initiative with relevant institutions in the South to come up with a formula that will enable workers, students and patients receiving medical treatment on the Greek Cypriot side to cross.

Pilli said he was ready to discuss the matter with his Greek Cypriot counterpart Constantinos Ioannou.

He added that they believed it would be best if the two sides took a joint decision to open the crossing points in line with hygiene and health protocols.

Pilli said that the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot health ministries will be drafting a plan based on the views and recommendations of the Bicommunal Technical Committee on Health.


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