Cyprus Mail

Yiorkadjis silent on reports of joint chopper purchase

NICOSIA Mayor Constantinos Yiorkadjis could yesterday neither confirm nor deny reports in the Turkish press that discussions had taken place with the mayor of northern Nicosia Kadri Fellahoglu about purchasing a helicopter to help deal with fires.

Yiorkadjis and Fellahoglu met on Tuesday to discuss topics on fire safety and the preservation of buildings in the buffer zone ahead of a Europa Nostra visit in October.

The meeting took place in a restaurant inside the buffer zone in Nicosia after an invitation from UN special representative, Lisa Buttenheim.

Present at the meeting were the heads of the Nicosia Master Plan, Ali Guralp and Agni Petridou.

During the meeting both sides discussed issues of fire safety following a recent spate of fires on the island.

Both mayors discussed the protection and possible restoration of buildings in the buffer zone after it was chosen by Europa Nostra as one of seven cultural heritage areas that are in danger of collapse.

Between October 12 and 14, technicians from Europa Nostra, the European Investment Bank and the European Council’s development bank will be in Cyprus to see if the programme can be funded.

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