President Demetris Christofias inaugurated the fishing shelter in Zygi, on the southern coast of Cyprus, on Friday, noting that it was the largest fishery infrastructure project in Cyprus and one of the main aims of his government`s programme.

Present at the opening was European Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs Maria Damanaki, who assured that “we will work together for the welfare of all European citizens residing on the island“ and also that “we will work together for peace in the region, so that our children can have the future they deserve.“

In his speech, President Christofias said that “as of today, the fishers of the Zygi area and the broader Larnaca and Limassol area will have a safe base with modern facilities, which will help increase their income and improve their living conditions.“
“For our displaced fishers, the fishing shelter in Zygi is a temporary solution because our aim is to continue every possible effort to solve the Cyprus problem, rid ourselves of the Turkish occupation, so that in a free and reunited Cyprus, the Cypriot fishers, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, will be able to fish without restrictions in our seas,“ he said.

Referring to the fishery sector, President Christofias said that “it is a relatively small sector of the economy and its contribution to the gross domestic product is not large, however it provides significant social benefits and contributes substantively to the socioeconomic development of the costal areas, and by offering at the same time healthy and safe products to the consumers.“

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