Cyprus ‘Concerned’ over Nuclear Power Plant in Turkey

Cyprus will make the necessary representations and protests towards every direction against the construction and operation of the nuclear power plant in Akkuyu, in southern Turkey, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou has told the Cyprus News Agency (CNA).

Prodromou said that the nuclear power plant “raises concerns for a possible impact in terms of safety because such a power plant in this area affects our country much more than the largest part of the Turkish territory.”

Cyprus is more concerned than any other country since the power plant will be situated just a few dozens kilometers from its northern coast, Prodromou said.

He added that Ankara had not consulted with countries like Greece and Cyprus, thus demonstrating its disregard for good neighborly relations.

“The authorities of the Republic of Cyprus shall issue demarches and make representations in every direction,” he said.

On Tuesday, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin oversaw a groundbreaking ceremony for the 35-billion kilowatt Akkuyu NPP in Mersin, southern Turkey.

Turkey is largely energy-dependent and it is thought the Akkuyu NPP could supply up to ten percent of the country’s needs once it is fully operational.