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Norway blocks sale of military equipment to Cyprus

Staff Writer | February 8, 2017
Government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides onfirmed the Norwegian government has blocked a deal for the supply to Cyprus by a British firm of “military equipment”.
Nicos Christodoulides
Defense industry   Phileleftheros cited unsourced information
He declined to confirm reports that the block was related to expectations of a breakthrough in ongoing Cyprus talks.

Christodoulides was responding to a front-page report by daily Phileleftheros, which said the government of Norway blocked a deal between the Cyprus government and a British manufacturer.

Norway’s sign-off for the export of the equipment was required because, the paper said, it is manufactured in the country.

The defence ministry has already made representations to their Norwegian counterparts, but no response has been forthcoming.

Phileleftheros cited unsourced information saying that the block is linked to ongoing talks between President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci for a settlement of the Cyprus problem, slated to enter its most decisive phase next month when high-level political talks between the two leaders and the island’s three guarantor powers – Greece, Turkey, and the United Kingdom – resume the Conference on Cyprus.

The decision of the Norwegian authorities has been met with much scepticism in Nicosia, according to the paper, as the Scandinavian state has never before objected to the purchase of any military equipment by Cyprus.