Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Kudret Ozersay visited the fenced-off city of Maraş (Varosha) on Thursday. He was accompanied by new diplomats and high level bureaucrats from the foreign ministry, who also held inspections at the Derinya crossing point.
Following the tour at Maraş, Ozersay and his accompanying delegation were briefed by military officials.
Speaking during his visit to the Derinya border crossing, Ozersay pointed out that the government had launched a tender for works which are required for the crossing point to open.
He said that they were working with determination to open both the Aplıç and Derinya crossing points as soon as possible. “The opening of the crossing points will contribute to economic activity both in Famagusta and Lefke”, Ozersay noted.
The foreign minister said that the Greek Cypriots will also benefit from the opening of the crossing points. “I believe it’s time that we start thinking of solving other problems that have become part of the status quo. We need to think outside the box”, Ozersay stated.