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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 06-07-21

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] CYPRUS - PORTS - ARRIVALS FROM LEBANON
  • [02] BRITISH PM - PAPADOPOULOS - LETTER
  • [03] STATE DEPARTMENT - CYPRUS QUESTION

  • [01] CYPRUS - PORTS - ARRIVALS FROM LEBANON

    Ships continue to dock in Cyprus ports, bringing citizens of various nationalities who are fleeing Lebanon.

    Cruise ship ``Orient Queen``, hired by the United States, docked in Limassol port at around 8 this morning local time with approximately 1000 people on board.

    Royal Navy HMS Bulwark also docked this morning in Limassol port, with 1300 people on board, mainly British citizens.

    British High Commissioner to Cyprus Peter Millett told reporters at Limassol port that 2.500 Britons have so far been evacuated from Lebanon.

    Millett said there were no injured people among the 1300 citizens, who arrived today.

    He thanked the Cyprus government and the authorities for their help to Britain and in general to the international effort of evacuating foreigners from Lebanon.

    He said Britons arriving to Cyprus are transferred to the British Sovereign Bases and will depart the soonest on planes for Britain.

    Millet said no other British ship is expected from Lebanon today but there may be new arrivals tomorrow, pending on whether there are other British citizens who wish to leave Lebanon.

    Royal Navy HMS York also docked in Limassol port last night, carrying 350 foreign citizens, mainly British, while Greek cruise chip ``Crete 2`` also docked in the port, carrying approximately 1500 people.

    Meanwhile Cypriot cruise ship Serenade, charted by the UN to carry UN staff from Lebanon, Greek Alkion carrying 750 people, USS Nashville carrying approximately 1200 US citizens and Indian Bombay carrying 600 Indian citizens, all docked in Larnaka port.

    Alkion, Serenade and USS Nashville have set sail for Beirut again to carry other foreign citizens to Cyprus later tonight.

    [02] BRITISH PM - PAPADOPOULOS - LETTER

    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 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.

    [03] STATE DEPARTMENT - CYPRUS QUESTION

    US State Department Spokesman Sean McCormack has said there are some reasonable hopes that there might be some possibilities for moving forward to come to some mutually acceptable solution to the Cyprus question.

    Replying to a question, on the occasion of the 32nd anniversary of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, McCormack said there have been some recent discussions concerning Cyprus, and we have some reasonable hopes that there might be some possibilities for moving forward to come to some mutually acceptable solution.


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