TRNC News Today 19th August 2013

PRESIDENT EROĞLU: ‘IT IS THE THIRD TIME THAT A FIRE BREAKING OUT IN PIRGO HAS SPREAD INTO TRNC’

President Derviş Eroğlu has examined the Yeşilırmak area, where the huge fire disaster happened.

President Eroğlu visited the fire zone yesterday morning.

FireHaving examined the border which was also damaged during the fire, President Eroğlu has made a statement, expressing that the fire was extinguished before reaching Yeşilırmak and thanked everybody who made an effort.

President Eroğlu reminded that it is the third time that a fire breaking out in Pirgo has spread into the TRNC.’

‘I will not comment on the fire until we have proof but we have some worries and suspicions’ said Eroğlu and added that it needs to be discussed if this incident was by chance or perhaps intentional.

MOSCOW DEMANDS AIR BASE FROM GREEK CYPRIOT SIDE

It is reported that Russian Government has made an official demand to the Greek Cypriot government for military use of the Andreas Papandreou airbase in Paphos.

Having published its report with the headline above, the Greek Cypriot newspaper Politis, wrote that Russia also requests some convenience for Russian war crafts.

Within the framework of updating the defence alliance between the two countries, Politis reported that Russia Russian Jet Fighterrequests the use of the airbase in Paphos for their war crafts as well as the convenience for Moscow warships and according to the information received, the Greek Cypriot Foreign Affairs Ministry was deliberating the possibility and has conveyed their views on the issue to the Greek Cypriot Leader Nikos Anastasiadis.

According to the news, the Russian Defence Minister requested use of the airbase in Paphos which belongs to the Greek Cypriot National Guard as well as the opportunity of harbouring the Russian warships at Greek Cypriot ports, using the infrastructures at the ports and for changing the ships’ crews.

Source: TRNC Public Information Office