Fire extinguishing operations in South Cyprus onto their fourth day
Fire extinguishing operations in South Cyprus continue and have intensified since yesterday morning.
A total of 16 aircraft including some from South Cyprus, Greece and Israel were sent to control and put out the fire, and four more were expected from France and Italy.
It was announced that during the fire extinguishing operations, two fire-fighters who were injured as a result of a tanker accident, have tragically lost their lives.
UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide conveyed his condolences regarding the fire-fighters who lost their lives in Troodos.
According to Greek Cypriot news sources, this fire is one of the worst in history.
Akıncı: “I am sharing the grief of the Greek Cypriot community”
President Mustafa Akıncı expressed his condolences regarding the fire-fighters who lost their lives in the ongoing fire in Troodos.
The message of President Akıncı is as follows:
“I have been following very closely the great damage caused by the ongoing fires in Troodos area, and feel deeply saddened. I have also learned about the tragic loss of two fire-fighters’ lives. On behalf of the Turkish Cypriot community and myself, I would like to convey heartfelt condolences to their families and loved ones, while sharing the grief of the Greek Cypriot community.”
Greek Cypriot Administration to accept Turkish fire-fighting help with conditions
According to Greek Cypriot sources, the Greek Cypriot Administration accepted Turkish fire-fighting help under certain conditions. Greek Cypriot media reported that President Mustafa Akıncı contacted Nikos Anastasiades, Leader of the Greek Cypriot Administration following statements from the Turkish Minister for Forestry and Water Works Veysel Eroğlu. President Akıncı conveyed Turkey’s offer of help to put out the fires in the Soleya area, using fire-fighting aircrafts.
The same sources reported that Anastasiades thanked Akıncı and said he would accept Turkey’s assistance under certain conditions, namely those of the framework of international help based on the “government’s operational planning” currently being developed as a partnership between Israel, Greece, Great Britain, France, Italy and with the participation of the EU.
Turkish Minister of Culture and Tourism Nabi Avcı is visiting the TRNC
Turkish Minister of Culture and Tourism Nabi Avcı will pay an official visit to the TRNC today as the guest of the Minister of Tourism and Environment Fikri Ataoğlu.
Minister Avcı and his delegation will visit President Mustafa Akıncı, the Speaker of the Assembly Sibel Siber, Prime Minister Hüseyin Özgürgün and Minister of National Education and Culture Özdemir Berova. Minister Avcı will also attend a meeting of delegates of the two countries at the Tourism and Environment Ministry.
The official delegation will depart from the TRNC this evening.
Leaders to meet tomorrow
Secretary General’s Good Offices Mission in Cyprus announced that President Mustafa Akıncı and Leader of the Greek Cypriot Administration Nikos Anastasiades will meet tomorrow. The request to postpone yesterday’s meeting came from Anastasiades because of the ongoing forest fires in South Cyprus.
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