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www.cyprus-mail.com    2011/3/24 10:44:57

Qatari warplanes refuel in Cyprus

TWO QATARI fighter jets and a cargo aircraft, part of military operations to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya, yesterday made an unscheduled refueling stop in Cyprus.

The three aircraft – two Mirage jets and a C-17 – landed at Larnaca airport shortly before 11am.

Cypriot authorities initially refused the aircrafts’ request to land, but subsequently granted permission after the pilots declared a fuel emergency, government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou said.

As such, Civil Aviation had to implement international regulations and allow the planes to touch down, he added.

The aircraft were en route – it is believed – to a US military base on the Greek island of Crete.

The two Mirage fighters were outfitted with external fuel tanks and did not pack any missiles, a source at Larnaca airport, who requested anonymity, told the Mail.

The C-17 is a long-haul aircraft that can carry large equipment, supplies and troops directly to small airfields.

Stratfor intelligence periodical reported on Monday that Greece was yesterday expecting six Qatari fighter jets and a cargo plane to land at Crete’s Souda base.

Officials here would not comment on the destination or precise purpose of the Qatari aircraft. Local reports said the pilots did not submit flight plans to Cypriot authorities after landing; this could not be independently confirmed.

Citing Civil Aviation sources, the Associated Press reported that high winds contributed to the aircraft running low on fuel, forcing them to deviate from their initial flight path and to request to land here.

Head of Civil Aviation Leonidas Leonidou said the three aircraft executed a “technical landing” at Larnaca airport after securing diplomatic clearance as non-civilian aircraft.

Their origin was Qatar, he said. Civil Aviation consulted with the ministries of Foreign Affairs and Transport, which gave the green light for the aircraft to land.

Under police escort, the aircraft then taxied to the section of the runway at the old Larnaca airport.

The government has said it does not condone any military action in Libya and is not taking part. President Christofias has also expressed disapproval over the British government’s use of its base for military action, but conceded that Britain does not need permission from Cyprus.

RAF Akrotiri, one of two British military bases on the island’s southern coast, is hosting VC-10, RAF E3D and Sentinel surveillance aircraft which also provide refueling capability to help enforce the UN-sanctioned no-fly zone.

Asked whether the aircraft had contacted the British bases while in Cypriot airspace, Sovereign Base Areas (SBA) spokesman Stuart Bardsley said it was their policy to not comment on other nations’ operations.

But he added: “To my knowledge there was no communication with the [Qatari] aircraft.”

SBA command said on Monday their military airport in Limassol was not being used to launch offensive strikes on Libya, nor was it hosting “air assets” from any other nation for the operation.

So far Qatar is the only Arab state to agree to participate in military operations in Libya, although the Arab League has backed the UN-mandated no-fly zone to stop Muammar Gaddafi’s forces harming civilians in a conflict with an insurgency.

Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani on Sunday said the aim was to “stop the bloodbath” and it was necessary for Arab states to take part.

Cyprus and Qatar have been negotiating on a multimillion euro deal to build a luxury retail and leisure complex in Nicosia. But Cyprus has said it wants to stay out of the war in Libya because of its relations with other Arab nations in the region.
 

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卡塔尔战机在塞浦路斯加油

二卡塔尔战斗机和运输机,军事行动的一部分,执行一个以上利比亚禁飞区,昨天在塞浦路斯计划外加油。

在三架飞机 - 两个幻影战斗机和C - 17 - 拉纳卡机场降落在前不久上午11点。

塞浦路斯当局最初拒绝了飞机的要求,土地,但其后获准后,飞行员紧急宣布燃料,政府发言人Stefanos的Stefanou说。

因此,民航必须执行国际规则,并允许飞机降落,他补充说。

途中的飞机 - 据信 - 到美国在希腊克里特岛的军事基地。

这两个幻影战机配备了外部燃料箱和包装没有任何导弹,在拉纳卡机场,谁不愿透露姓名的来源,告诉邮件。

这架C - 17是长途飞机,可以携带大型设备,物资和部队直接向小型机场。

Stratfor情报定期周一报道,希腊是昨天期待六卡塔尔战斗机和一架货机降落在克里特岛的Souda基地。

美国国务院官员不愿评论目的地或卡塔尔飞机精确的目的。当地媒体报道说,飞行员没有提交飞行计划,塞当局着陆后,这无法得到独立证实。

民航援引消息人士透露,美联社报道,强风导致飞机运行的燃料低,迫使他们从最初的飞行偏离道路,这里的土地要求。

民航莱昂尼达斯Leonidou校长说,三架飞机后执行保护非民用飞机外交放行“技术性降落”在拉纳卡机场。

其来源是卡塔尔,他说。民航征求了外交部和运输,这给了飞机的降落各部委绿灯。

警方护送下,飞机然后滑行到跑道上的旧拉纳卡机场段。

政府已经表示,它不会容忍任何在利比亚的军事行动,而不是参与。总统赫里斯托菲亚斯也表示对英国政府采取军事行动的基地,不以为然,但他承认,英国并不需要从塞浦路斯许可。

英国皇家空军的阿克罗蒂里,英国两个岛屿的南部海岸的军事基地之一,是主办的VC - 10,英国皇家空军E3D及定点监察飞机提供加油能力,帮助执行联合国认可的禁飞区。

当被问及是否曾接触飞机,而在塞浦路斯领空的英国基地,主权基地区(公会)发言人斯图尔特巴兹利说这是他们的政策是不评论其他国家的业务。

但他补充说:“据我所知,没有用[卡塔尔]飞机的沟通。”

校本评核的命令说,他们周一在利马索尔军用机场并没有被用来对利比亚发动攻势罢工,也不是接待来自任何其他国家的运作“空中资产”。

到目前为止,卡塔尔是唯一的阿拉伯国家同意参加在利比亚的军事行动,尽管阿拉伯国家联盟支持联合国授权的禁飞区停止穆阿迈尔卡扎菲的部队在与叛乱冲突伤害平民。

卡塔尔首相哈马德本贾西姆人上周日他尼表示,目的是“停止大屠杀”,因此有必要为阿拉伯国家参加。

塞浦路斯和卡塔尔已经谈判了数百万欧元的合同在尼科西亚建一个豪华的零售和休闲中心。但是,塞浦路斯已经表示,希望在利比亚停留,因为与该地区其他阿拉伯国家的关系战争。

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