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'We're no longer buying power from the north'.

Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) chairman Harris Thrassou yesterday denied reports in Turkish Cypriot daily Sabah that they were still buying power from the north.

"The report is totally inaccurate and we stopped getting power from the occupied areas from the moment that parliament decided to freeze the funds," said Thrassou.

Questioned as to whether they had gained approval of some funds already Thrassou said that they asked for a budget so they could continue to get power from the north among other things. "Parliament decided otherwise and the last time we went to look into the issue again we asked for the approval of e1/412--e1/412.5 million," said Thrassou, adding that part of it would be used for old obligations and part of it for an emergency.

Just a few months ago the House expressed its displeasure at having to pay out to the north. At the time DIKO vice chairman Nicolas Papadopoulos said that his party was not convinced of the legality of the move adding that they should not be expected to approve any funds to pay an illegal contract.

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Date:Jun 14, 2012
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