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Area total: 130.8 sq km

note: area surrounds three Cypriot enclaves
Area - comparative about three-quarters the size of Washington, DC
Background By terms of the 1960 Treaty of Establishment that created the independent Republic of Cyprus, the UK retained full sovreignty and jurisdiction over two areas of almost 254 square kilometers in total: Akrotiri and Dhekelia. The larger of these of these is the Dhekelia Sovereign Base Area, which is also referred to as the Eastern Sovereign Base Area.
Capital Episkopi; located in Akrotiri
Climate temperate; Mediterranean with hot, dry summers and cool winters
Country name conventional long form: Dhekelia Sovereign Base Area

conventional short form: Dhekelia
Dependency status overseas territory of UK; administered by an administrator who is also the Commander, British Forces Cyprus
Diplomatic representation from the US none (overseas territory of the UK)
Diplomatic representation in the US none (overseas territory of the UK)
Economy - overview Economic activity is limited to providing services to the military and their families located in Dhekelia. All food and manufactured goods must be imported.
Environment - current issues netting and trapping of small migrant songbirds in the spring and autumn
Executive branch chief of state: Queen Elizabeth II (since 6 February 1952)

head of government: Administrator Maj. Gen. Peter Tomas Clayton PEARSON (since 9 May 2003) note - reports to the British Ministry of Defence

elections: none; the monarch is hereditary; the administrator is appointed by the monarch
Flag description the flag of the UK is used
Geographic coordinates 34 59 N, 33 45 E
Geography - note British extraterritorial rights also extended to several small off-post sites scattered across Cyprus
Legal system the laws of the UK, where applicable, apply
Location on the southeast coast of Cyprus near Famagusta
Map references Middle East
Military - note includes Dheklia Garrison and Ayios Nikolaos Station connected by a roadway
Population 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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