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Cyprus ready to help fight the Islamic State

Cyprus wants to contribute in tackling the threat posed by the Islamic State, Defence Minister Christoforos Fokaides said on Thursday, as reports suggested France could use a National Guard air force base to fly bombing missions against the militants.

At the same time, The Times reported that RAF Akrotiri was gearing up for the same purpose.

“We are in consultation with our (EU) partners, we want to help tackle the threat stemming from the Islamic State organisation,” the defence minister said.

But Fokaides declined to comment when asked whether a deal was expected between Cyprus and France for the use of the Andreas Papandreou base for bombing missions against the IS.

“There is nothing to announce regarding this,” he said.

British Prime Minister David Cameron told the UN on Wednesday that Britain should now join US-led airstrikes against IS militants in Iraq and the country’s parliament has been recalled to secure approval.

“It is right that Britain should now move to a new phase of action,” Cameron told the 193-member General Assembly.

“I am therefore recalling the British Parliament on Friday to secure approval for the United Kingdom to take part in international air strikes against ISIL (Islamic State) in Iraq,” he said.

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