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Clash in House over Yeroskipou archaeological site

The site at Yeroskipou

Green Party leader Yiorgos Perdikis and Transport Minister Vasiliki Anastasiadou clashed on Thursday over excavations of an ancient site at Yeroskipou.

The Yeroskipou site belongs to the church and the archbishop wants to develop the area but postponed his plans after the unexpected antiquities’ discovery.

Anastasiadou told MPs at a House transport committee meeting that the excavations had been completed. Her comment was contradicted by Perdikis who said he had contacted Marina Solomidou, head of the antiquities department a few weeks ago.

Solomidou said that she had spoken to the archbishop who gave the green light for the excavations to proceed.

The government is expected to explain how it will assist the archbishop’s plans to develop the area after refusing to swap the piece of land for another nearby to protect the site of significant archaeological interest. The plans foresee the construction of two tower blocks and a hotel.

An Akel-led protest took place in September against the church’s plans to build on the archaeological site. Demonstrators argued that cultural heritage belongs to the people and demanded an alternative management of the location by the state.

 



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