Turkish Cypriot shopkeepers ask for the opening of Deryneia barricade

12 June 2016
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Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (10.06.16) reports that the within the walls shopkeepers in the occupied city of Famagusta will organize an activity tomorrow demanding the immediate opening of the Deryneia barricade under the slogan “open this gate”. The activity will take place at the entrance of the within the walls area of occupied Famagusta and is supported by the Turkish Cypriot teachers’ trade union (KTOS), the “ancient Famagusta foundation” and the New Cyprus Party (YKP).
In a written statement issued yesterday, the organizers of the activity said that they will demand the opening of the barricade before the tourism season is over.

Yilmaz Parlan, shopkeeper in occupied Famagusta and one of the organizers of the activity, told Kibris that politics is the “art of solving problems”, but in the occupied area of Cyprus, it has been turned into the art of postponing the solution of problems. He noted that the Cyprus problem exists for 43 years and that they have been exerting efforts during the past 13 years to open the Deryneia crossing point. He pointed out that during the past 13 months they are carrying out an “intensive campaign” for the opening of this crossing point.

Parlan said that the generation which fights for the opening of Deryneia will not be alive after ten years and complained of the fact that in spite of this, the politicians are still telling them to wait.

Parlan added that their debts to the “state” and the banks cannot wait and every month the interest rate is added to them.

He said that the shopkeepers have always been saying that trade will become a bridge for peace and added that those who cannot conduct trade will not be able to exist. Giving the example of Arasta area in the occupied part of Nicosia, Parlan said that the volume of trade had been zero in that area and after the crossing points opened it reached 42 million. He further complained that the status quo and the politicians committed to it do not want them to become free as a community and earn money. He noted that these politicians are responsible for the non-opening of Deryneia crossing point until today.

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