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President: ‘We closed checkpoints to protect entire population’

Asked on the backlash for the temporary closure of four check points on Friday — Ledra Street, Astromeritis, Dherynia and Lefka — to free resources to carry out more thorough Coronavirus screenings, President Nicos Anastasiades said on Tuesday that the measure aims to protect both Greek-Cypriots and Turkish-Cypriots.

“Every citizen and every group has the right to react in a way that best reflects their views.

“However, it should be taken into account that this is not a politically motivated measure, but one that aims to protect the Cypriot population in its entirety, may it be Greek-Cypriots or Turkish-Cypriots.

“On this basis, such reactions are unjustified,” the President concluded.

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