Michele Kambas

Michele Kambas

Michele Kambas

 

Cypriots tear down barricades on division symbol

Michele Kambas

Greek and Turkish Cypriots on Thursday pulled down barricades that have separated them for half a century, reopening Ledra Street, a potent symbol of Cyprus's ethnic partition. The highly symbolic gesture comes as the two communities prepare talks to end the Mediterranean island's division.

Greek Cypriots dismantle symbol of division

Michele Kambas

Greek Cypriots razed to the ground a symbol of Cyprus's decades-old division running through the heart of the capital Nicosia and challenged Turkey to respond by withdrawing its troops from the area. Demolition work on a concrete barrier in Nicosia's Ledra Street ceased by dawn on Friday, exposing a corridor of crumbling buildings untouched for decades.