Greek Cypriot government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou has blamed the TRNC for the delay in opening the Derinya border crossing point in Famagusta.
He said that the Greek Cypriot side has completed preparations and is ready to open the Derinya crossing but ongoing procedures on the Turkish Cypriot side are creating delays.
“Unfortunately, there is a delay and it is in no way due to our side,” Prodromou said.
The two community leaders agreed to open border crossings in both Derinya and Lefke as part of confidence building measures, when talks to reunify Cyprus resumed in 2015.
Prodromou said, “Any complications in the relations of the occupying army and the Turkish Cypriot side is not something that concerns us. Our side was and is ready to open the Derinya checkpoint.”
However, there have been concerns in the south, in particular by Famagusta businesses, that opening the Derinya crossing would negativiely impact trade in the south.
More recently, self-designated Mayor of Famagusta Alexis Galanos, also said that he opposed opening the crossing.