THE majority of opposition parties on Friday called for taking advantage of Brexit and the UN General Assembly decision asking Britain to give up control over the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean, in connection with the status of the British bases in Cyprus.
The issue was discussed at the House plenum on the suggestion of Diko’s parliamentary spokesman Panicos Leonidou.
Representatives of Diko, Edek, the Solidarity Movement and Elam said they were in favour of utilising Brexit and the Mauritius decision to claim the sovereign rights of the Republic.
Ruling Disy on the other hand, backs the
Leonidou said that last February’s decision by of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Mauritius was an opportunity Cyprus could not miss.
Diko leader Nicolas Papadopoulos said that Brexit was of historic importance to Europe and especially Cyprus.
Papadopoulos said no other Cypriot government had in its disposal so many opportunities like the current one.
“Cyprus will be more affected than any other EU country,” he said, adding that the Brexit’s most important side effect would concern the people living within the bases while the problems would be more intense with a no-deal Brexit.
“Even if we come to an agreement on Brexit we will be ones to lose the most due to inaction and hesitation,” Papadopoulos said.
He wondered why no issue was raised at least on leasing the bases area.
The Solidarity Movement MP Michalis Giorgallas, said that “now is the time to demand a new agreement on the bases with a termination date on their presence in Cyprus.”
Edek MP Costis Efstathiou said that the bases constitute “an amputation of the territorial integrity of a state”.