Bird vs bread & butter

 
Published: Friday 15 November 2002

A controversy is raging over ambelopoulia -- a small bird that is part of the staple diet in Cyprus. While the government wants to ban its trapping and killing, local communities term it as a threat to their livelihood.

In protest, over 8,000 Greek Cypriot villagers returned their voting books. The stir was later suspended on the request of interior minister Andreas Panayiotou who cajoled them saying, "Please accept the measures out of patriotism. The eyes of Europe are upon us."

Reacting to Panayiotou's request, spokesperson for the trapping lobby Stavros Neofytou declared, " We are showing our patriotism as the government asked, but we will bring back our demands forcefully after Cyprus joins the European Union (eu)." However, Panayiotou appears determined to stop the trade.

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