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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 06-07-13

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <http://www.cyna.org.cy>


CONTENTS

  • [01] CYPRUS - CYPRIOTS - EU NATIONALS - LEBANON
  • [02] CYPRIOT HOUSE - ISRAELI ATTACKS - RESOLUTION

  • [01] CYPRUS - CYPRIOTS - EU NATIONALS - LEBANON

    The Cyprus Republic has expressed its readiness to contribute to efforts to evacuate not only its own but also other EU nationals from Lebanon, who are fleeing Israeli bombing and a sea and air blockade.

    Foreign Ministry Permanent Secretary Sotos Zakheos said Thursday Cyprus Airways is evacuating around 116 people from Lebanon, on a plane from Damascus.

    Earlier today Deputy Minister to the President and Government Spokesman Christodoulos Pashiardes said that Cyprus will do its utmost for the safe transfer not only for Cypriots but other EU citizens as well.

    In statements this afternoon, Zakheos said the Foreign Ministry has chartered a Cyprus Airways airplane which would leave the Syrian capital Damascus this evening, with passengers coming by buses from Beirut, escorted by Lebanese police, a two and a half hours` drive, under normal circumstances.

    The passengers are more than a hundred Cypriots who asked to leave, six Britons, four French nationals, two people from the Czech Republic and an American.

    «Our wish is the safe transfer of the two buses. This is our agony, our concern and our responsibility. We are in constant communication with the Lebanese government, the EU presidency, the Israelis and everyone else who can assist us with this effort», Zakheos said, adding that an SMS service set up has proven helpful to establish communication with the Cypriots to be repatriated.

    He further noted that Cyprus Minister of Health Haris Charalambous has pledged that a team of doctors and psychologists will be at Larnaca airport tonight to offer their support.

    [02] CYPRIOT HOUSE - ISRAELI ATTACKS - RESOLUTION

    The Cypriot House of Representatives adopted unanimously a resolution condemning the attacks against Lebanon and the Palestinian territories.

    The House noted at the same time that it did not approve of the abductions of Israeli soldiers, being used by Israel as a pretext for attacks that further worsen the climate.

    It said it expected the United Nations Security Council to urgently tackle the issue to end Israels actions and implement the relevant UNSC resolutions.

    The House deemed that Israels actions constitute a flagrant violation of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Lebanon, the international law and the relevant UN resolutions, and amount to state terrorism.


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