National Council is holding a meeting today at 10.00 (7.00 GMT), following the tragic incident at “Evaggelos Florakis” Naval Base, on July 11th, that caused the death of 13 people and the destruction of the country’s largest power station at Vassilikon. The Council will be chaired by the President of the Republic, Demetris Christofias.

The NC will focus on the latest developments in the Cyprus problem, in the light of the recent meeting in Geneva between UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon and the leaders of the two communities.

Another meeting between the President and the party leaders will be held in the afternoon at 17.00 (14.00 GMT) expected to deal with the issue of economy and seek for structural measures, needed to be taken urgently.

Minister of Defence Costas Papacostas and National Guard Chief of Staff Petros Tsalikides resigned after the incident caused by the explosion of munitions in storage which Cyprus had confiscated from the Monchegorsk, a vessel sailing from Iran to Syria in 2009.

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