Ayia Napa marina
The highly-anticipated start of construction works for the development of the Ayia Napa Marina is a step closer following the approval of a revised permit from the Planning Authority.
The approval, along with other issues, were discussed in a meeting between the Mayor Ayia Napa Yiannis Karousos and Stavros Caramondanis and Haris Koureas, representing Μ.Μ. Makronisos Marina Ltd, the investment company leading the development of the marina.
The ambitious project, which is expected to change not only the face of tourism in the region but also of Cyprus in general, is moving ahead as tenders have also been submitted for the construction of the marina.
The approval of the revised planning permit relates to additional upgrades to the existing project, and the official start of construction works is expected soon.
Speaking after the meeting, Karousos expressed his satisfaction at the progress of the project.
“The approval of the revised planning permit for the marina -our marina- brings a lifelong dream for the development of Ayia Napa one step closer to reality. Along with other that we promoting, we are confident that the marina will give a huge lift to the region and to the municipality of Ayia Napa, as it will have a positive multiplier impact on the local economy, strengthening businesses and creating new job opportunities”.
“Having followed all the necessary procedures, we are now very close to the launch of the Ayia Napa Marina project works”, said Stavros Caramondanis, CEO of Μ.Μ. Makronisos Marina Ltd. “Today’s meeting is testament to the hard work and
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Cyprus and Israel on Wednesday signed a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), which defines the rights and obligations of each country’s military personnel during joint activities.
The agreement was signed during an official visit by Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya`alon following talks with his Cypriot counterpart Christoforos Fokaides.
Speaking after the meeting, the Israeli Minister said: “The relationship between our defence establishments as well as between our armed forces and intelligence agencies are long-standing, productive and important. My visit here today demonstrates a strong relationship.”
The SOFA agreement, he said, was yet another layer in the strategic relationship between Israel and Cyprus, adding that Tel Aviv viewed its ties with the Cypriot defence establishment with “great strategic importance” as the situation in the Middle East posed great challenges to both countries.
Fokaides pointed said the cooperation between the two countries was based on common values and interests and recognised the need to effectively encounter the new security challenges in the region.
“Our two countries are jointly working to attain conditions of regional cooperation and growth for the wider region, taking into account the energy prospects that have been created in the Eastern Mediterranean,” said Fokaides.
“We reached the common conclusion that the more unpredictable the security challenges are today, the more imperative it is to maintain reliable partners and foreseeable policies. In this framework, it is particularly important to support those governments in the area, that remain committed to promoting stability and security, and that work towards encountering terrorism and fundamentalism,” he added.
After the meeting and signing of the agreement, the two ministers visited the military Camp of Lieutenant General Vasiliou Kapota in Nicosia, where a monument dedicated to Cyprus-Israel Friendship was unveiled. The monument was erected in honour of the children of Holocaust survivors, for whom Cyprus became a transit place for their return to Israel after WWII.
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