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Lefka says Greek Cypriot mine is contaminating water

The copper mine at Skouriotissa

Turkish Cypriot environmentalists have asked for UN assistance over what they say is the contamination of water in the north caused by copper mine waste from the south, reports said on Wednesday.

According to Turkish Cypriot media, the association of environment and promotion of Lefka has sent a letter to UN Special Representative Elizabeth Spehar, calling on the UN to undertake measures for sewage and copper mine waste which they believe is coming from the south.

They say waste from copper mines ends up in water flowing in the streams and has changed the colour of the water flowing into the reservoirs in the north.

Chairman of the association, Ahmet Hizli, said the changes have been noticed at reservoirs near Lefka and Vasilia villages.

He said that they sent a letter on Tuesday to Spehar, expressing their concerns and calling on her to mediate in order for urgent measures to be taken.

The group also asked for Spehar’s support to pressure the company operating the Foukasa-Skouriotissa mine in the south to clean up pollution in the area and to compensate people on both sides affected by the pollution.

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