Cyprus was not aware of UK plans to strike Syria with jets deployed on island

"Cyprus did not have any participation in this operation and conditions of full security exist in our country," Cypriot government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said in a statement
Sunday, 15 April 2018 21:31

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May only informed President Nicos Anastasiades just after midday on Saturday about the air strikes on Syrian targets, hours after the base at Akrotiri had been used to launch the attack, Cyprus Mail Online reported.

Late Friday the US-UK-France launched a coordinated airstrike in Syria, under the pretext of the unsubstantiated international campaign about the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian town of Douma.

UK fighter jets were operating from the RAF Akrotiri airbase on the island of Cyprus.

According to the government spokesman, Prodromos Prodromou, May called Anastasiades to brief him on the military action in Syria and to reassure him that there was no question of any danger to Cyprus. She also explained that there was “limited use of the British bases”, Prodromou said.

Earlier, Prodromou had conceded that the government had no prior briefing or involvement in the action launched from Akrotiri. "The Authorities of the Republic of Cyprus have been monitoring the situation from the first moment, however, Cyprus did not receive any prior briefing."

Neither the airspace of Cyprus, or its flight information region - a huge swathe of eastern Mediterranean airspace - was used, he said. Prodromou also expressed hope that further military operation would not take place and the issue would be settled through peaceful means.

Britain retains two sovereign bases in Cyprus, a colony until independence in 1960. There are about 3,100 British troops on the island.