THE AGRICULTURE ministry has strongly denied claims made by the Turkish Cypriot doctors union on Tuesday that the oil spill which occurred last month off the coast of the occupied village of Gastria has affected the beaches south of the border too.
The union had said on Tuesday that the sea from the north of Famagusta bay until Larnaca was at risk and warned pregnant women and young children to avoid entering the sea in that area.
Oil residue which was spotted off the coast in the Protaras area in late July caused no problems as the fisheries department and the department for marine research took the correct measures to deal with the spill, a ministry statement said.
“The environmental department of the Agriculture Ministry carried out tests in the twelve swimming areas within Paralimni Municipality to check on the quality of water for swimmers and to detect any traces of Entercoccus or E.coli,” the statement added.
The ministry statement concluded that the beaches in the Paralimni and Protaras tourist areas remain clean and in good condition and there was absolutely no reason for swimmers to worry.