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European Commission President: Reconsidering the establishment of an aircraft base to fight fires in Cyprus

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the European Union will reconsider a proposal to create an aircraft base for firefighting in Cyprus to help countries in the region.

After her meeting today, Thursday, with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, the Chairperson of the Commission made it clear that she would convey to the European Union the need to set up the base.

The Cypriot newspaper Cypress Mail reported that former Cypriot EU Commissioner Christos Stylianides made this proposal for the first time after a huge fire in the Solia region in 2016.

Stylianides proposed establishing the base as part of the civil protection mechanism in the European Union, but the Commission rejected this, but the matter reappeared after the huge fire that broke out last week in Cyprus, which is the worst in decades and led to the destruction of about 55 square kilometers, including a group of houses and forests. pines and plantations, and four people were killed while trying to escape.

Von der Leyen visited the area on Wednesday and spoke to residents and firefighters who took part in the efforts to put out the fire.