CYPRUS - LIBYA - MILITARY OPERATIONS
Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou has said that the Republic of Cyprus has conveyed its wish not to be involved in the military operations in Libya for many and various reasons. “We have been informed by the British that the British Bases have been used so far to provide auxiliary services. This is the information we have so far,” he said. From there on, he added, as President Demetris Christofias has said “we have conveyed the wish of the Republic of Cyprus to stay outside any military operations for many and various reasons.”
Stephanou recalled that Cyprus, because of its political and other problems due to the Turkish invasion and to the ties the Republic of Cyprus maintains with other countries of the region, does not wish to be involved in any way in the current military operations. Responding to a question, the spokesman said that Britain has not said that it will use its bases in Cyprus to launch military operations against Libya.
The Spokesman said that as President Christofias had stated the status of the British military bases in Cyprus is prescribed in the 1960 Treaty of Establishment. Britain, a former colonial power, has retained two military bases in Cyprus when it granted the country its independence in 1960.
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