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Cyprus crossing point toured by Greek, Turkish officials

  • A worker stands next to a bulldozer near a U.N buffer zone, inside a construction area of a crossing point that will link ethnically divided Cyprus' breakaway Turkish Cypriot north and internationally recognized south in Dherynia, Thursday, April 27, 2017. The Dherynia crossing point will be the eighth since 2003 when the first of such checkpoints opened across the United Nations-controlled buffer zone that kept the two sides apart since 1974 when Turkey invaded in the wake of a coup aimed at union with Greece. In the background is the abandoned city of Famagusta. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

    A worker stands next to a bulldozer near a U.N buffer zone, inside a construction area of a crossing point that will link ethnically divided Cyprus' breakaway Turkish Cypriot north and internationally recognized south in Dherynia, Thursday, April 27, 2017. The Dherynia crossing point will be the eighth since 2003 when the first of such checkpoints opened across the United Nations-controlled buffer zone that kept the two sides apart since 1974 when Turkey invaded in the wake of a coup aimed at union with Greece. In the background is the abandoned city of Famagusta. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Turkish soldier stands at a completed construction of a crossing point, rear, that will link ethnically divided Cyprus' breakaway Turkish Cypriot north and internationally recognized south in Dherynia, Thursday, April 27, 2017. The Dherynia crossing point will be the eighth since 2003 when the first of such checkpoints opened across the United Nations-controlled buffer zone that kept the two sides apart since 1974 when Turkey invaded in the wake of a coup aimed at union with Greece. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

    A Turkish soldier stands at a completed construction of a crossing point, rear, that will link ethnically divided Cyprus' breakaway Turkish Cypriot north and internationally recognized south in Dherynia, Thursday, April 27, 2017. The Dherynia crossing point will be the eighth since 2003 when the first of such checkpoints opened across the United Nations-controlled buffer zone that kept the two sides apart since 1974 when Turkey invaded in the wake of a coup aimed at union with Greece. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)  (The Associated Press)

  • A U.N peacekeeper stands guard on the roof of a guard post in the background as two workers walk at the construction site of a crossing point inside the U.N buffer zone that will link ethnically divided Cyprus' breakaway Turkish Cypriot north and internationally recognized south in Dherynia, Thursday, April 27, 2017. The Dherynia crossing point will be the eighth since 2003 when the first of such checkpoints opened across the United Nations-controlled buffer zone that kept the two sides apart since 1974 when Turkey invaded in the wake of a coup aimed at union with Greece. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

    A U.N peacekeeper stands guard on the roof of a guard post in the background as two workers walk at the construction site of a crossing point inside the U.N buffer zone that will link ethnically divided Cyprus' breakaway Turkish Cypriot north and internationally recognized south in Dherynia, Thursday, April 27, 2017. The Dherynia crossing point will be the eighth since 2003 when the first of such checkpoints opened across the United Nations-controlled buffer zone that kept the two sides apart since 1974 when Turkey invaded in the wake of a coup aimed at union with Greece. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)  (The Associated Press)

Greek and Turkish politicians have been taken on a tour of work being done on a new crossing point linking the ethnically divided Cyprus' breakaway north with the internationally recognized south.

The Deryneia crossing point was announced in May 2015, but there have been delays and work is still incomplete as talks to reunify the Mediterranean island stumble along.

Greek and Turkish Cypriot officials on Thursday saw that only a 150-yard stretch remains undone but were uncertain about the reasons for the delay in opening it.

Deryneia would be the eight such crossing since 2003 when the first cut through a U.N.-controlled buffer zone to link the Turkish-controlled north with the south. Cyprus' split came in 1974 when Turkey invaded following a coup by supporters of union with Greece.