Probe blames Cyprus president for arms blast

October 3, 2011 18:27


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NICOSIA - Cyprus President Demetris Christofias faced calls to resign on Monday after an independent inquiry accused him of gross negligence over a munitions blast that destroyed the island's main power station and damaged its economy.

Investigator Polys Polyviou said he had ignored safety considerations to avoid upsetting nearby Syria, the intended destination of the confiscated stockpile of Iranian munitions.

Thirteen people died when the munitions blew up on July 11 after being stored at a navy base in the south of Cyprus, often exposed to scorching heat, for over two years, in the island's worst peacetime disaster.

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