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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 06-07-20

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <>


  • [01] BLAIR - CYPRUS
  • [02] GREECE - EU

  • [01] BLAIR - CYPRUS

    British Prime Minister Tony Blair, has sent a letter to Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos, expressing his gratitude for the excellent support Britain is receiving from the Republic of Cyprus during the ongoing crisis in Lebanon.

    The letter was handed over today by Minister at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Lord Triesman, during a meeting at the Presidential Palace today with President Papadopoulos.

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, your port authorities, police and many others have been of great assistance during this difficult period. I am most grateful, British Premier says in his letter.

    He adds we will, of course, continue to rely on your assistance as numbers of evacuees increase over the next few days.

    Lord Triesman, Minister at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, is in Cyprus today to discuss how best to coordinate our ongoing cooperation, the letter concludes.

    British Minister met later on with Cypriot Foreign Minister George Lillikas and then headed for the British Bases and other places where the rapid redeployment groups are stationed to help the evacuees.

    Tomorrow he is expected to visit Limassol Port, where the Royal Navy HMS Bulwark will dock with some 2,000 people of various nationalities, manly British, aboard.

    [02] GREECE - EU

    Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Theodoros Kassimis said that Cyprus and Greece are in close cooperation in the massive effort to transfer foreign nationals out of Lebanon.

    The minister, who arrived on the island on Wednesday to receive Greek nationals, noted that the Cypriot government is trying to help not only Greeks and Cypriots but also any citizen who has asked for assistance.

    He added that the EU must reinforce the Cyprus government with planes for the evacuation of the thousands foreign nationals reaching the islands ports.

    ``Cyprus cannot accommodate the thousands of foreign citizens, he said, noting that the EU and other countries must help in evacuating their nationals from Lebanon.

    Tonight Crete II will bring another 1,500 people from Lebanon.

    Meanwhile, the British Bases in Akrotiri have made arrangements to receive British nationals arriving in Cyprus on British navy ships.

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