By Elias Hazou
THE Greens have again raised the issue of ‘suspicious spraying’ in Cypriot skies after a fresh wave of sightings of what they believe to involve chemtrails.
In a statement, the Greens said that on Thursday their Limassol offices received a number of reports of long-lasting trails in the sky from concerned members of the public.
A chemtrail is a visible traill left in the sky by an aircraft and believed by some to consist of chemical or biological agents released as part of a covert operation, rather than the condensed water of a vapour trail.
According to the Greens, acting on a request by MP George Perdikis, samples of rainwater and atmospheric air were recently collected by the Department of Meteorology and the Department of Forests.
Having analysed the samples, state labs reported back that they found no conclusive evidence of chemical agents.
Nevertheless, the Greens said they are convinced of the existence of chemtrails, and called on the government to take the necessary steps to put an end to the phenomenon.
The party cited the growing literature and research into geo-engineering, the deliberate large-scale intervention in the Earth’s natural systems to counteract climate change.
Kyriacos Kyriacou, head of the Animal Party Cyprus, said he personally witnessed the trails over Limassol.
“On Thursday, and in what was a first in Cypriot skies, the trails formed the shape of a circle,” he told the Cyprus Mail.
The first instance occurred around 12pm, followed by a second, just before 1pm.
The trails from the aircraft were still visible at 3.30pm, Kyriacou said.
While watching the second pass, he called Nicos Nicolaou, the director of Civil Aviation, explaining on the phone what he was witnessing.
“He checked their radars and said they had no readings of aircraft in that area at the time.”
The path of the aircraft covered the area between Akrotiri and Amathus Hotel.
On the same day, people reported separate suspicious trail sightings in the area between Akrotiri and Troodos.
“There is no way this is the usual vapour released by aircraft, if it hangs there for hours,” said Kyriacou.
He said the phenomenon in Cyprus is concentrated over the Limassol district, and less often in the skies over Paphos.
The sightings usually occur in wintertime, he added.
Both he and other members of the public took pictures, which have been uploaded to the party’s website.
Another member of the public told the Mail that once the aircraft had circled, the trails formed into “weird shapes resembling clouds.”