articles | 24 April 2015

Cyprus to host search and rescue satellite station

Cyprus will soon operate a satellite terrestrial station, enhancing the country’s role as a regional search and rescue centre, Defence minister Christoforos Fokaides revealed recently.

“Situated on the southeast edge of the European Union, in a region torn by conflict and upsurge of extremism, Cyprus can contribute to security and stability, promoting not only the interests of Cyprus, but also the European common interest,” Fokaides said.

He was speaking after signing an agreement with the European Defence Agency (EDA) on joint procurement of satellite communications aiming to provide commercial-type satellite communications (fixed and mobile), and related services for everyday use, but also for business.

On behalf of the EDA, the agreement was signed by the agency’s chief executive Jorge Domecq.

“The dramatic events these days in the Mediterranean remind us of the urgency of moving ahead and ensuring the implementation, Domecq said.

In November, Cyprus will be hosting a European conference on maritime security strategy, funded by the EDA.

Source: Cyprus Mail

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