Turks erecting second antenna

A SECOND giant antenna is being installed by the Turkish army, this time north of the Nicosia district village of Mammari, on Turkish-controlled land, it emerged yesterday.

The news followed the revelation on Wednesday that a mast was being erected at Akhna close to the British base of Dhekelia .

Mammari’s Mukhtar Nicos Koshiamaris said yesterday works had started a few days ago, when the antenna’s base was laid.

The construction is similar to the one being erected near Dasaki tis Akhnas, creating unease among the area’s residents over the reasons behind the move.

The antennas are believed to be phone masts, installed by leading Turkish mobile phone company Turkcell.

Communications Minister Erato Kozakou Marcoullis yesterday repeated the government’s intention to fully investigate why the masts have been built.

The Green Party issued an announcement, condemning “the illegal construction of a telecommunications antenna by the occupying forces”.

It added that this was part of regular efforts by the Turks to “conquer” Cyprus’ telecommunications.

Calling on the government to take immediate action, the Greens said Turkey’s efforts were “obviously taking place under the full cover and tolerance of the British Bases’ authorities”.