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Archbishop welcomes London deal

Archbishop Chrysostomos on Friday welcomed the agreement between the UK and Cyprus for the development of property within the British bases (SBA), describing it as a good deal.
“We ought to congratulate the president because he achieved a good deal,” the head of the Church of Cyprus said.
Chrysostomos said the Church also owned land inside the SBA – about 1,000 donums – some located on the coast.
He added that interest has been shown by a company of Russian and Israeli interests to create a clinic for children with special needs next to the sea.
Church land can be used to build hotels, villas, and other resorts, he said.
The agreement, signed during President Nicos Anastasiades’ first official visit to London last week, will give over 83,000 residents or property owners increased flexibility to buy, sell or develop private property within the SBA.
Cypriot authorities will establish planning zones in the area and administer those zones for development purposes.
The agreement frees more than three quarters of territory within the SBA.
Former colonial ruler Britain retained two military bases – Dhekelia, near Larnaca, and Akrotiri, near Limassol – on the island following independence.
It also has radar installations on the Troodos mountain and a listening post in Ayios Nikolaos, Famagusta.

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