Monday, June 08, 2020 – the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nikos Anastasiadis, spoke about a historic day for the residents and property owners, within the territory of the British Bases, while saying that the implementation of the 2014 agreement between the Republic of Cyprus and the United Kingdom opens significant economic growth prospects.
Speaking at an event last night on the occasion of the start of the process for the implementation of the Agreement on Non-Military Development of Bases, at the Presidential Palace, in the presence of the British High Commissioner in Cyprus, Steven Lily, President Anastasiadis said that the agreement is tangible proof of the excellent relations between the Republic of Cyprus and the United Kingdom.
He also said that the agreement is the biggest change in land use and development of various zones within the Bases since the establishment of the Republic of Cyprus.
The agreement concerns 18 m2 of around 254 m2 – or 3% of the in islands territory – retained by former colonial ruler Britain in Akrotiri in Limassol, and Dhekelia in Larnaca, as sovereign territory used as military bases.
Under the 1960 Treaty of Establishment, properties inside the two areas could only be used for agricultural purposes.
The Agreement implemented on Tuesday was reached on 15 January 2014 between the then Prime Minister David Cameron and President Anastasiades.
British High Commissioner Stephen Lillie said the discussions between the sides were complex, but they are an indication of the commitment of the two countries to developing bilateral ties and finding new areas of cooperation.
As Lillie explained, residents of the Bases will now be able to enjoy the same rights as Cypriots living on areas controlled by the Republic to sell and develop their land.
Everything will be changed.
Specifically, 1800 hectares of land, about 860 in the area of Akrotiri and another 930 in the area of Dhekelia are included in development zones.
The benefits of bilateral regulation for 12,000 Cypriots living in the Bases were mentioned by the British High Commissioner in Cyprus, Steven Lily. The agreement, he said, allows residents of the Bases to do as much as possible with the Cypriots, who live in areas controlled by the Republic, to sell or develop their land.
Land relaxation apart from housing can be used for tourism, commercial, industrial, and large-scale developments like schools, theme parks, sports, entertainment centers, hospitals, or other health facilities.
The accord also allows for building petrol stations, restaurants, and other small-scale developments.
This covers three municipalities, Ypsonas, Kato Polemidia, and Dherynia and 16 communities, Asomatos, Trachoni, Kolossi, Erimi, Sotira, Paramali, Avdimou, Akrotiri, Frenaros, Avgorou, Afheritos, Pyla, Ormidhia, Xylotympou, Xylofagou, and Achna, in the districts of Limassol, Larnaca, and Famagusta.
Residents of the Bases will now be able to enjoy the same rights as Cypriots living on areas controlled by the Republic to sell and develop their land.