Greek and Turkish Cypriots joined together to hold a peaceful demonstration on Saturday, to demand the opening of the Kokkina (Erenkoy) border crossing point.
The mayor of Polis Chrysochous (Poli) welcomed the demonstrators who came from his village and from Tylliria, together with Turkish Cypriots from Yesilirmak.
He said that said that this gathering demonstrates once more the common wish and will of all citizens, but especially of the residents of the area, to continue their struggle for the opening of the Kokkina border crossing and the restoration of the communication to and from Paphos, Tylliria, Morfou (Guzelyurt) and Nicosia.
This bi-communal event, he said, reaffirms our common will for a bi-communal struggle, since it is obvious that this is a more effective way to achieve our goals, which are the opening of the crossing points and the reunification of our peoples and our country, based on a functional, just and viable solution.
Mayor Odysseos pointed out that the areas of Tylliria and Polis Chrysochous remained isolated, detached and underdeveloped since 1964. This, he said, has had and continues to have adverse consequences both on the free movement of the residents and visitors, as well as on the economic growth prospects and prosperity of the residents.
Turkish and Greek Cypriot demonstrators handed over a petition to the United Nations, in which they ask for the opening of the road and the restoration of transportation.