The ministry issued a statement following the AP report that said existence of two separate air control center without any communication one in TRNC and one in Southern Cyprus half posed high risk for accidents while implying that TRNC was to blame.
The statement said the incidents occurred in the air claimed in the AP article did not reflect the truth.
"As part of the civil aviation rules, if such incidents occurred, they should be reported, the voice and tapes investigated, and results announced by the authorities" said the statement.
The statement said TRNC Air Traffic Control since its foundation was ready to communicate and cooperate with its neighbor (Greek Cypriot Administration GCA) and that its intentions had been conveyed to Greek Cypriot administration at every platform, nevertheless the sole responsible for not having communication between the two air traffic control centers were Greek Cypriot Administration.
It also pointed to the low points of GCA scored at the European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation "EuroControl" and delays at installing a new air traffic control system that is in the 7th year.
"As it can be seen while the GCA is trying to put all the blame on TRNC for its failure, The Greek Cypriot press is openly stating that the failure was down to the GCA".
The statement said TRNC since 1977 has been successfully giving air traffic services to planes in its advisory airspace and planes landing and taking off from its airport adding that the North Cyprus Airspace Safety was brought to highest level with the application of Air Traffic Control System SMART.
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