Mayor of Deryneia Andros Karagiannis has welcomed the announcement by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) regarding the signing of the contract for road works at Deryneia crossing point, that are planned to be completed in five months.
Speaking to CNA, the Mayor expressed satisfaction with the UNDP`s press release, saying that he hoped that by the end of 2016 the crossing point would open.
«We hope that everything will proceed smoothly. The opening of the checkpoint at Deryneia will lead to the occupied town of Famagusta”, he pointed out.
The Mayor noted that the entire government-controlled district of Famagusta will benefit from the opening of the crossing point saying that this will make the crossings of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots easier and faster.
Some 75% of Deryneia land, which is located on the north-east side of Cyprus, is occupied by Turkey as a result of the 1974 invasion.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced on Wednesday the signing of the contract for road works at Deryneia crossing, that are planned to be completed in five months.
Road works under this contract will cover only the section of the road in the northern, Turkish-occupied part of Cyprus. The project is fully funded by the European Union and the cost of the works is estimated at €938,000 approximately.
The tender for Lefka-Aplici crossing has been relaunched and will close on Friday, August 5, the announcement says.
In Deryneia, the overall length of the road to be improved is 2,750 meters. The road footprint includes 7 meters for the road pavement and 2 meters for road shoulders on both sides (1m on each side).
Ditches will be constructed where required on both sides of the road for rain water conveyance. Box culverts will be constructed at locations identified on the project. Finally, road signs and road markings will be placed for traffic management and safety.
Following the announcement by the two Cypriot leaders on May 28, 2015, the Technical Committee on Crossings immediately began work on the opening of the two crossings. Agreement was reached in the Committee on designs, technical specifications and modalities of project implementation for both crossing points.
The European Union, amended the Green Line Regulation to add these new crossings to the list of official crossing points. On November 17, 2015, EU member states unanimously approved the allocation of €2.1 million through the UNDP for the northern, Turkish-occupied parts of both crossings, from the Aid Programme for the Turkish Cypriot community.
A Contribution Agreement between the European Commission and the United Nations Development Programme was signed in March 2016. Moreover, a Cambodian demining team deployed through inter-mission cooperation from the neighboring UN mission in Lebanon, UNIFIL, carried out mine clearance activities in support of the opening of both crossings from September 28 to November 26, 2015.
With both crossing sites declared mine-free, surveys and designs for the sections of the roads located in the Turkish-occupied part of Cyprus, were commissioned by UNDP and carried out between February and April 2016.