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Lets make "Spitfire" a Hub for Peace again!

Lets make "Spitfire" a Hub for Peace again!

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A legendary coffee-shop on the west entrance of Old Nicosia that was working 24/7 and was a vibrant hub , a meeting place for all Cypriots , Greek-Cypriots, Turkish-Cypriots, Latins, Maronites and Armenians, even after the 1963 inter-communal struggle. Unfortunately it has been abandoned and left to rot for 46 years, because its a part of No Man's Land area since 1974.

The recent events of its temporary support by Nicosia Municipality , the reactions of the occupying Turkish army  and the involvement of UNFICYP has led us to the conclusion that now is the right time to demand its full regeneration and the opening of the corner road adjacent as a new crossing between the divided parts of Nicosia.

Here you can see its location and the fact that its situated on a functioning part of Paphos street , thus making no sense leaving that historic building fall.

Now is the time to act and bring back the social peace hub of Nicosia!

The building must be regenerated fully as a coffee shop and the road on the corner  must open as a controlled crossing .

We propose that UNFICYP takes up the role of monitoring the whole project in cooperation with the owners of the building, the two communities and the local authorities.

The immediate area of the coffee shop is hosting up to today religious centers of the Armenians , the Latins and the Maronites . Moreover it has been used as a prime commercial area also by Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot traders and citizens. Today the area is more like a culture-hub. With the cathedrals, the monuments, the theaters, the archaeological museum and the public garden just outside the walls.

The above mentioned and the fact that the building is positioned on the west entrance ( Paphos Gate ) of the Old City , are ensuring a multicultural social hub when the regeneration and the opening of the roads shall be done.

The photos are from the group "Λευκωσία του Χτες - Yesteryears of Nicosia"   https://www.facebook.com/groups/lefkosia


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