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Kouyialis under fire over Akamas plans

Nicos Kouyialis

AGRICULTURE minister Nicos Kouyialis was subject to harsh criticism during the House environment committee for allegedly lying to deputies over future plans of the Akamas peninsula.

Greens MP Giorgos Perdikis charged that Kouyialis said the ministerial committee set to meet in a few days would merely be an information point for ministers and no proposals would be submitted to the Cabinet.

However through media and ministers announcements, it emerged that the committee “had taken decisions over Akamas… that will be pushed for a Cabinet approval on Thursday.”

Saying this was undermining parliament and a serious constitutional issue, Perdikis said “it is inept and unethical to have ministers before the environment committee or any other House committee, committing to their actions and then doing the exact opposite.”

Following his proposal, the environment committee “called on (Kouyiallis) not to take the matter before the Cabinet and bring the subject back to the Environment Committee informing them of his intentions before he took any other action.”

Perdikis said there were several matters concerning Akamas that the government could take immediately as well as others that have been postponed for some 18 months such as planning zone decisions.

European parliament and international organisations are being mobilised in a bid to prevent any decisions that could potentially endanger Cyprus’ unique habitat, he added.

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