We work closely with Cyprus authorities against COVID-19, SBA spokesperson tells CNA

There are currently no plans to close the crossing points at Pergamos, a spokesperson of the British Bases in Cyprus has told CNA, following the decision of the Turkish Cypriot puppet regime to close two crossing points, one of which in Strovilia, in the area of the Eastern British Bases at Dhekelia.

Moreover the spokesperson noted that the authorities of the British Bases are working closely with the Republic of Cyprus authorities to limit the threat of COVID-19 and anyone entering at Pergamos from the northern Turkish occupied areas or flying into RAF Akrotiri are screened in line with Republic of Cyprus policy.

The SBA spokesperson said that after confirmation that the Turkish side will close the crossing point at Strovilia at 6pm “the Sovereign Base Areas Administration can confirm there are currently no plans to close the crossing point at Pergamos. We keep our processes under review and continually monitor the situation. “

“The SBAA is working closely with the Republic of Cyprus authorities to limit the threat of COVID-19 and anyone entering from the north at Pergamos or flying into RAF Akrotiri are screened in line with Republic of Cyprus policy,” the spokesperson concluded.

The “authorities” of the Turkish Cypriot puppet regime decided on Thursday to close the crossing points at Limnitis and Strovilia until March 22. On March 10 the Republic of Cyprus Council of Ministers, that met under the President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, decided to extend the suspension of the operation of four crossing points until March 18 as a precaution against COVID-19. These are the crossing points at Ledras Street, Astromeritis, Lefka and Dherynia.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

The Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri, on the southwest coast, and Dhekelia on the east side of the island are British overseas territory. The areas, which include British military bases and installations, as well as other sites, were retained by the British under the 1960 treaties which established the Republic of Cyprus.

Source: Cyprus News Agency