Cyprus FM submits resignation over naval base blast

09:19, July 19, 2011      

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Cyprus Foreign Minister Marcos Kyprianou on Monday submitted his resignation over a massive blast at a naval base in the south of the island exactly a week ago which killed 13 people.

Kyprianou told a parliamentary committee which started a probe into the explosion that he has sent a resignation letter to President Demetris Christofias.

The minister was earlier jeered by hundreds of people who had gathered outside parliament, demanding his resignation.

Kyprianou was alleged to have advocated to continue storing the explosives, confiscated in 2009 from a Russian-owned ship bound for Syria from the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas, at the naval base despite indications about their deteriorating conditions.

The ship had been arrested for breaking a United Nations embargo resolution on Iran.

Source: Xinhua
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