Lobby for Cyprus is a non-party-political human rights organisation campaigning for a reunited Cyprus.
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20 July 2007
Greek and Turkish communities demand new Cypriot crossing point
"Lobby for Cyprus endorses the call by both the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot residents of Pyrgos Tyllirias and Limnitis villages, on the northwest of the island, for the opening of a crossing point in the area."

London--"Lobby for Cyprus endorses the call by both the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot residents of Pyrgos Tyllirias and Limnitis villages, on the northwest of the island, for the opening of a crossing point in the area," said Theo Theodorou, spokesman for Lobby.

"The regime of the occupied north and the Turkish authorities have been unwilling to make any such move," explained Theodorou, "proving once again that left to themselves, both communities can – and want – to live in peace with each other and that it is the occupying forces that are preventing it."

The demand for the crossing-point was made in a petition to the UN Special Representative in Cyprus, Michael Moller. It stated that officials “have no right to deprive us of this basic human right.” They added that, “We the people of Tylliria welcome the construction of the checkpoint by the government of Cyprus and its readiness to allow the free movement of people. We demand that the Turkish Cypriot authorities respond to the call by ordinary people on both sides and make similar arrangements.”

They also noted that “for the first time people on both sides have a common dream, to move freely in their own country. Surely that’s not much to ask. What is a basic human right, for us is a dream.”

Theodorou pointed out that as Turkish Cypriots have been able to enjoy free movement to the Republic, they have also prospered with higher-paying jobs, without having to pay taxes, and have been able to receive Republic Passports,
Identity Papers, Birth Certificates, and other documents, all of which give them European Union status and free movement on the Continent as well.

In addition to the demand for a crossing-point in the Pyrgos Tyllirias and Limnitis area, there are demands, also, for a safe crossing-point at the end of Nicosia's commercial street, Ledra Street. The republic has removed all barriers at Ledra Street, but the Turkish government has not on its side of the line that divides the island, "the only divided city in the European Union," Theodorou commented.

"In addition, he added, "this demand, which includes Turkish Cypriots proves that it is Turkey that is creating any 'isolation' of the people living in the north."

Lobby for Cyprus is a non-party-political organisation that seeks to unite the island by the removal of the 43,000 Turkish Army, the repatriation of the 160,000 Anatolian co colonists who were imported into the north to change its demographics, and the return of all refugees to their homes.