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Pentadaktylos quarrying should stop, say civil engineers

File photo: Pentadaktylos

By Peter Stevenson

THE association of civil engineers has called on the illegal quarrying of the Pentadaktylos (five fingers) mountain range in the area of the occupied village of Klepini to stop immediately or else the landmark could disappear.

“The uncontrolled and illegal quarrying is bordering on the limits of destruction of cultural heritage with the consequences becoming irreversible both for the environment, man and the flora and fauna,” the association said in a.

Civil engineers want to see an end to quarrying, as well as imposing implementing limits and strict regulation on the amount of building materials which are brought over from the north.

“A study should be completed to record the environmental impact quarrying has had on the region which was declared a natural heritage monument in accordance with the Burra Charter of 1999,” the statement said.

They have asked for a meeting with Environment Commissioner Ioanna Panayiotou and the head of the Environmental Department to coordinate what action could be taken.

“The association will strive to get in touch with European and international engineer organisations so they can intervene in the matter,” the statement added.

The Association of Civil Engineers is in constant contact and cooperation with the Chamber of Turkish Cypriot Civil Engineers, whose concerns are similar, the statement concluded.

In November, environmentalists on both sides of the divide warned that if the uncontrolled quarrying does not stop soon the ‘five peaks’ would start disappearing one by one.

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