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UK sells retained land at Zygi back to Cyprus

A British listening post

Cyprus and the UK signed an agreement on Friday for the sale of coastal land at Zygi belonging to the former colonial ruler for €8.6 million.
The 350,000-square metre area had been retained by Britain following the island’s independence in 1960 to host short-wave transmitters for the British East Mediterranean Relay Station.
The land will be used by the republic as part of its plans to create an energy centre in the area. The planned facilities include a port.
The deal was signed by Transport Minister Marios Demetriades and Gareth Wilmot, representing the British ministry of defence.
“I believe this day is important because it shows that as a country we have strategic planning as regards port infrastructure,” the minister said afterwards.
The port will serve industrial and energy needs. It will cost an estimated €130m, around €160m including landscaping and road works.
The agreement, according to Demetriades, ‘shows co-operation between the two countries and through this we can achieve many positive results’.
Following the island’s independence, Britain retained two large areas in Limassol and Larnaca, which host military bases, as well as several other locations including Troodos, where it has radar installations, and Ayios Nicolaos in Famagusta, where there is a listening post.

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