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Greens denounce works at Sirena Bay in Protaras  

Sirena bay, before and after

The Green Party and the Initiative for the Preservation of Natural Coastal areas on Thursday denounced the destruction of the natural environment at Sirena Bay in Protaras.

According to the Green Party a project meant to shore up some rocks has resulted in the destruction of the natural vegetation at the beach.

In June 2014 the Paralimni mayor and the parliamentary committee on the environment announced that the works were needed for the safety of bathers.

“What we see is a heavy scale intervention on the beach, the disappearance of the rocky environment and the creation of terraces,” the Green Party said, adding that the party could not accept that the current situation was permanent.

It demanded an immediate public apology from the authorities, and the presentation of revised development plans for Sirena Bay.

The Initiative for the Preservation of Natural Coastal areas also condemned the “systematic, arbitrary and unlawful interference on the beaches and the coastline of the municipality of Paralimni, and the continuing refusal of the Famagusta district administration, the authority in charge, to take the necessary measures.”

In their announcement, the initiative called on the relevant authorities, namely the department of the environment and the Famagusta district administration, to make public whether the works by the Paralimni municipality in Sirena Bay are in accordance with the views of the environmental authority.

They asked the authorities to take measures in order to bring to justice “those who damage our common natural heritage and to restore the natural environment”.

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