A swathe of the Karpasia peninsula is being carved into a military zone at the orders of the ‘government’ in the north, reports said on Monday.
The area will extend from the Ayios Philon church to the Apostolos Andreas cape and will militarise an area that was meant to be a national park protected by the EU, Turkish Cypriot daily Avrupa reported.
It is reported to be about 0.108 sq km in size, and signs have already gone up that classify the area as a military zone, forbidding anyone from entering.
According to reports last year, the ‘cabinet’ in the north said the area belongs to the Turkish Cypriot religious endowment foundation Evkaf.
The area has been turned over to the military for the establishment of a naval base for the next 30 years.
According to reports in the north, Turkey is planning to establish the base and put spy systems in place to monitor the area.