DECLARATION BY HER MAJESTY'S GOVERNMENT REGARDING
THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE SOVEREIGN BASE
Declaration by Her Majesty's Government regarding the
Administration of the Sovereign Base Areas, being those Areas mentioned in Article 1 of
the Treaty concerning the Establishment of the Republic of Cyprus which remain under the
Sovereignty of the United Kingdom
Her Majesty's Government declare that the main objects to
(1) Effective use of the Sovereign Base Areas as military
(2) Full cooperation with the Republic of Cyprus.
(3) Protection of the interests of those resident or
working in the Sovereign
2. Her Majesty's Government further declare that their intention
(i) Not to develop the Sovereign Base Areas for other than
(ii) Not to set up and administer " colonies ".
(iii) Not to create customs posts or other frontier
barriers between the Sovereign Base Areas and the Republic.
(iv) Not to set up or permit the establishment of civilian
commercial or industrial enterprises except in so far as these are connected with military
requirements, and not otherwise to impair the economic commercial or industrial unity and
life of the Island.
(v) Not to establish commercial or civilian seaports or
(vi) Not to allow new settlement of people in the Sovereign
Base Areas other than for temporary purposes.
(vii) Not to expropriate private property within the
Sovereign Base Areas except for military purposes on payment of fair compensation.
3. With these purposes in mind, and subject to their
military requirements and security needs, Her Majesty's Government make the following
(1) Freedom of Access
Cypriots (and others resident in the Republic) will have freedom of access and communications to and through the Sovereign Base Areas, and of employment and cultivation in the Sovereign Base Areas and freedom of navigation and fishing in the territorial waters
The laws applicable to the Cypriot population of the Sovereign Base
Areas will be as far as possible the same as the laws of
(3) Protection of Cypriot Rights
The rights of Cypriots (and others resident in the
Republic) and Cypriot communities and corporations in regard to property will be fully
(4) Public Services
The Republic will be invited to provide a wide range of
public services to be performed for Cypriots in the Sovereign Base Areas. These will
include Education, Agriculture, Cooperative Development, Labour and Social Insurance,
Social Welfare, Health and Medical Services, Postal Services, Forestry Services and
Statistics. In addition Cypriot public utility services will be free to operate in the
Sovereign Base Areas.
The ancient monuments and antiquity sites specified in the
schedule to this Declaration will be administered and maintained by the Republic. Licences
for antiquity excavation will be issued by the Republic but will be subject to the consent
of the authorities of the Sovereign Base Areas. Movable antiquities found in excavations
or discovered will be the property of the Republic.
(6) Water Control
Subject only to military requirements and security needs
being met, the policy to be carried out in regard to water control in the Sovereign Base
Areas will be considered and decided by a joint committee.
The Republic will be invited to collect and keep such
customs duties as may, by arrangement, be levied on goods imported through ports in the
Republic and destined for the Sovereign Base Areas. Arrangements will be made for the
Republic to receive customs duties on commercial and personal imports, if any, collected
by the authorities of the Sovereign Base Areas.
Taxes, rates and fees payable by Cypriots or in respect of
Cypriot property in the Sovereign Base Areas will be as far as possible the same as those
in the Republic. The Republic will be invited to collect and keep taxes, rates and fees
due from Cypriots resident or working in the Sovereign Base Areas or payable by Cypriots
on privately owned or occupied immovable property therein. (This will apply also to taxes,
rates and fees due from nonCypriot residents and workers, exclusive of military
personnel, civilians working with them and their families).
(9) Currency and Exchange Control
The currency of the Republic will be legal tender in the
Sovereign Base Areas and the Exchange Control Regulations in the Sovereign Base Areas will
be coordinated with those in the Republic.
The Republic will be invited to collect and keep revenue
derived from any royalties due or taxes payable on minerals obtained in the Sovereign
Base Areas, and fees in respect of mining and prospecting licences, and for these purposes
will be invited to issue licences in relation to these matters, subject to the consent and
control of the authorities of the Sovereign Base Areas. These arrangements will not apply
to stone, shingle, sand, gravel or other building and construction materials obtained by,
or to mining and prospecting for such materials by, the United Kingdom authorities, or
their contractors and others acting on their behalf.
(11) Land Registration
Arrangements will be made for the Land Registry of the
Republic to perform, in relation to privatelyowned land in the Sovereign Base Areas, the
same functions relating to the issue of titles and the execution of transfers and
ancillary services as are performed by the Land Registry of the Republic in regard to
privatelyowned land in
(12) Civil Proceedings Arrangements will be made to
enable legal proceedings concerning civil rights and obligations in which all the parties
are Cypriot take place m the Courts of the Republic, and for the enforcer within the
Sovereign Base Areas of the judgments and orders of Courts in such proceedings.
(13) Criminal Proceedings Arrangements will also be
made to enable certain criminal proceedings which both the complainant and accused are
Cypriots to be by the Courts of the Republic.
Cypriots tried in the Courts of the Republic in pursuance of such arrangements will, if convicted and sentenced to imprisonment, serve
their sentences in the Prisons of the Republic.
(15) Police There will be cooperation between the
Police and the Gendarmerie of the Republic and the Police of the Sovereign Base Areas for
prevention and detection of crime and facilities will be given to the Police and
Gendarmerie of the Republic for the investigation offences triable by the Courts of the
(16) Assessment Tribunals Where compulsory acquisition or requisition of private land necessary for military purposes, the authorities of the Sovereign Base Areas will normally invite an assessor appointed by the Rep to assist the tribunal concerned in regard to compensation.
(17) District Officers
The District Officers of the Republic will be invited to
perform such administrative duties in relation to Cypriots within the Sovereign Base Areas
as may be agreed by the authorities of the Sovereign Base Areas and the Republic.
Cypriot labour, staff and contractors will be employed in
the Sovereign Base Areas in accordance with the provisions of the Treaty of Establishment.
(19) Commerce and Industry
The Republic will be invited to carry out in the Sovereign
Base Areas the registration of companies and partnerships and such other administrative
functions as may be agreed in the sphere of commerce, industry, transport and employment.
4. It is understood that-
(a) there will be no discrimination by the
authorities of the Republic against those who live or work in the Sovereign Base Areas;
(b) expenses incurred in the exercise of any
functions or services performed by the Republic in accordance with these arrangements will
be borne by the Republic.
5. Her Majesty's Government are willing to cooperate with
the Republic in the establishment as soon as possible of a Joint Consultative Board to
advise the authorities of the Republic and those of the Sovereign Base Areas on such
arrangements as may be necessary from time to time to give effect to the intentions of Her
Majesty's Government set out in this Declaration. It is
intended that this machinery of consultation and
cooperation should apply to all aspects of this Declaration. It could also deal with
questions of water supplies through the joint committee referred to in Annex B, Part II,
Section 8 (3) of the Treaty concerning the Establishment of the Republic of Cyprus.
(Paragraph 3, Clause (5) )
The following monuments and sites as delineated on the
relative plans deposited with the Department of Lands and Surveys in Nicosia, the District
Office of Limassol and the appropriate United Kingdom authorities in the Akrotiri
Sovereign Base Area.
(1) The Site and remains of Curium.
(2) The Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates near Curium.
(3) The Stadium of Curium
(4) The ancient Cemetery at Ayios Ermoyenis near Curium.
(5) The Church and remains of the Monastery of St. Nicholas
of the Cats.
Draft United Kingdom Letter to Archbishop Makarios and Dr. Kutchuk
I have the honour to transmit herewith to Your Excellencies
the text of the Declaration made by the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain
and Northern Ireland regarding the administration of the Sovereign Base Areas, being those
areas mentioned in Article 1 of the Treaty concerning the establishment of the Republic of
Cyprus which remain under the sovereignty of the United Kingdom.
I have the honour further to inform Your Excellencies that
the Government of the United Kingdom desire to assure the Government of the Republic of
Cyprus that they are determined to stand by that Declaration and thereby to create a
continuous and lasting system of administration in the Sovereign Base Areas founded on
close cooperation between the authorities of those areas and the authorities of the
Republic of Cyprus.
The Government of the United Kingdom, in their desire that
no difficulties should arise from the application of that Declaration, and in order to
give effect to what is stated above, are determined to make the necessary practical
We have the honour to acknowledge receipt of your letter of
Draft Reply by Archbishop Makarios and Dr. Kutchuk
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We have taken due note of the contents of this letter.
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