MPs yesterday unanimously ratified an agreement for the establishment of a support base to facilitate chemical weapons inspectors going to Syria between Cyprus and the UN-OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons).
A support base has been created within the UN-controlled buffer zone at the old Nicosia airport where inspectors will be travelling by helicopter to and from Syria some 220 kilometres away.
The agreement includes provisions to facilitate the protected presence and conduction of the activities of the Joint Mission which was established, through correspondence, between the UN General Secretary and the Foreign Affairs Minister, following a decision on October 18.
It also ensures that the Republic of Cyprus will provide the mission with all privileges and immunity as these are stated in the relevant UN convention and that all officials and members of the mission shall be exempt from supplying entry visas.
Cyprus will also provide all necessary facilities for the arrival, stay and departure of the officials and their equipment, including accommodation at Nicosia hotels.
According to a government statement released last week, “the decision by the United Nations for the establishment of a support base of the Mission in Cyprus, demonstrates the stabilising and upgraded role of Cyprus in the region”.