Trade groups back more crossing points

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Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KEVE) and the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce (KTTO) strongly encourage trade opportunities through new or more efficient crossing points.

This was the outcome of a discussion the UN had with representatives of the two chambers.

UN Cyprus head of mission Colin Stewart Tweeted: “The urgency of strengthening economic & commercial ties across the island as a way of keeping prospects alive for a future solution was at the heart of the discussion.

“Open and constructive discussion around the creation of enabling conditions for increased intra-island trade, including through focus on youth and improved ease of doing business.”

Stewart added: “Greater economic activity between the two sides makes good business sense and would have a positive impact on the lives of people across the island.

“Both Chambers strongly encourage more trade opportunities; one way of doing it is through new or more efficient crossing points.”

A source told CNA that opening new crossing points is not under discussion either by the competent bicommunal Technical Committee or by the negotiators of the two sides.

Moreover, the source noted that such a discussion could take place as long as the suggestions and requests of both sides are taken into consideration.

The Greek Cypriot side attributes significance to the opening of crossing points in Kokkina and Pyroi.

KEVE said in the meeting held on Tuesday that the two Cypriot Chambers were aware that the development of economic and trade relations would contribute to strengthening trust between the two communities.

Nine crossings have been operating, giving access between the two sides since the first opened in 2003 to allow free movement of people.