Members of the joint Cyprus-UK collaboration committee met at the Foreign Ministry on Wednesday to launch deliberations between the two governments for the effective implementation of the recent agreement to develop land on the British Bases.
Following the landmark deal signed between the two countries earlier this month, some 78% of the 254.43 square kilometres under the control of the two British Military Bases in Akrotiri/Episkopi and Dhekelia will be included in the government’s planning zones, lifting restrictions on development agreed on in 1960 when Cyprus became independent from British rule.
The two delegations led by Ambassador Tasos Tzonis and British High Commissioner Matthew Kidd discussed key aspects of the deal and the next steps towards its realisation.
It was agreed that working groups will be formed to commence immediate work on a number of related issued including urban planning, relocation and residency within the bases, criminal, judicial and other issues pertaining to the quick and successful implementation of the agreement.
The deal which includes all property within the bases except those belonging to or leased by the British Ministry of Defence, will protect the rights of all residents who own property in the area but had not been allowed to develop it in any way.