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Nicosia to host regional flight safety conference in April

Air traffic controllers in Nicosia

A regional flight safety conference will be hosted on April 13, in Nicosia.

The conference which focuses on the north-eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East aims to discuss the particular challenges in aviation and flight safety in the region given the conflicts and the political situation in these areas, a press release by FSF-MED said.

It will be chaired by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and will include speakers from many European and international organisations such as Eurocontrol, Easa, Iata, Canso and Ifatsea, as well as representatives from air traffic control of Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta, Israel and Egypt.

The conference is expected to adopt proposals for a more effective regional cooperation in the important sectors of air traffic and flight safety.

According to an announcement, it is expected that one such proposal will be the establishment of a permanent coordinating committee on the basis of a Memorandum of Understanding which will be signed.

The conference is also expected to discuss the dangers for Nicosia’s FIR as result of Turkey’s and the north’s illegal actions, it says.
FSF-MED’s Director Christos Petrou said that in meetings recently in Brussels with senior EU and Icao officials it was confirmed that Turkey is trying to usurp part of Cyprus’ FIR.

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