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This page was last updated on 18 January, 2007

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   Introduction    Dhekelia Top of Page
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By terms of the 1960 Treaty of Establishment that created the independent Republic of Cyprus, the UK retained full sovereignty and jurisdiction over two areas of almost 254 square kilometers - Akrotiri and Dhekelia. The larger of these is the Dhekelia Sovereign Base Area, which is also referred to as the Eastern Sovereign Base Area.
   Geography    Dhekelia Top of Page
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on the southeast coast of Cyprus near Famagusta
Geographic coordinates:
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34 59 N, 33 45 E
Map references:
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Middle East
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total: 130.8 sq km
note: area surrounds three Cypriot enclaves
Area - comparative:
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about three-quarters the size of Washington, DC
Land boundaries:
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total: NA; note - boundary with Cyprus is being resurveyed
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27.5 km
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temperate; Mediterranean with hot, dry summers and cool winters
Environment - current issues:
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netting and trapping of small migrant songbirds in the spring and autumn
Geography - note:
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British extraterritorial rights also extended to several small off-post sites scattered across Cyprus
   People    Dhekelia Top of Page
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no indigenous personnel
note: approximately 2,200 military personnel are on the base; there are another 5,000 British citizens who are families of military personnel or civilian staff on both the bases of Akrotiri and Dhekelia; Cyprus citizens work on the base, but do not live there
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English, Greek
   Government    Dhekelia Top of Page
Country name:
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conventional long form: Dhekelia Sovereign Base Area
conventional short form: Dhekelia
Dependency status:
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overseas territory of UK; administered by an administrator who is also the Commander, British Forces Cyprus
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name: Episkopi Cantonment; located in Akrotiri
geographic coordinates: 34 40 N, 32 51 E
time difference: UTC+2 (7 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October
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Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia Order in Council 1960, effective 16 August 1960
Legal system:
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the laws of the UK, where applicable, apply
Executive branch:
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chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952)
head of government: Administrator Air Vice-Marshal Richard LACEY (since 26 April 2006); note - reports to the British Ministry of Defence
elections: none; the monarch is hereditary; the administrator is appointed by the monarch
Diplomatic representation in the US:
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none (overseas territory of the UK)
Diplomatic representation from the US:
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none (overseas territory of the UK)
Flag description:
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the flag of the UK is used
   Economy    Dhekelia Top of Page
Economy - overview:
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Economic activity is limited to providing services to the military and their families located in Dhekelia. All food and manufactured goods must be imported.
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Currency (code):
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Cypriot pound (CYP)
   Communications    Dhekelia Top of Page
Radio broadcast stations:
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FM 1 (located in Akrotiri)
note: British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) provides Radio 1 and Radio 2 service to Akrotiri, Dhekelia, and Nicosia (2006)
Television broadcast stations:
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British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) provides multi-channel satellite service to Akrotiri, Dhekelia, and Nicosia (2006)

   Military    Dhekelia Top of Page
Military - note:
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includes Dhekelia Garrison and Ayios Nikolaos Station connected by a roadway

This page was last updated on 18 January, 2007

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