Nicosia has granted approval to the energy companies ENI and Total to explore block seven of Cyprus' exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and approved nine other drilling operations within the EEZ over the next two years.
The approval was finalized in a cabinet meeting on Monday following recent indications by Energy Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis that an agreement was in the works.
A woman lays a flower during a memorial service on Saturday for the soldiers who lost their lives in the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus, held annually at the Tymvos Makedonitissa military cemetery in Nicosia. The ceremony was attended Greek Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos. [Katia Christodoulou/ANA-MPA]