Zygi, Cyprus The Cyprus Government has asked Greece and Israel for assistance in addressing underwater munitions dumped of the coast of Zygi, a fishing village located in the south. Following an environmental assessment requested by the United Nations, a report shows that the Cypriot National Guard dumped about 167 types of munitions in the sea in large quantities between 1980 and 1993. The request came from Cyprus' Defense Minister Fotis Fotiou and was based upon concerns over explosives safety and environmental hazards. Reports indicate thet the Defense Minister also plans to seek assistance from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Canberra, Australia The Australian Department of Defence announced that it will not provide technical assistance to address UXO in the Timor Sea to support the construction of an underwater gas pipeline through the area. The 550-mile pipeline, under development by a Japanese oil and gas company, is designed to connect the Ichtys Field to a processing plant in Darwin.