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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 06-07-24

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] CYPRUS - THOUSANDS FLEE LEBANON
  • [02] US SECRETARY OF STATE - CYPRUS - ISRAEL
  • [03] DEMAS - CYPRUS
  • [04] COREPER - CYPRUS - LEBANON

  • [01] CYPRUS - THOUSANDS FLEE LEBANON

    As bombings in the Middle East continue and foreign officials are coming and going via Cyprus, and amidst congratulations pouring in from abroad, the island is receiving more evacuees from Lebanon than it can send back home.

    According to Police figures, over 35,000 foreign nationals, the majority being US, French, Swedish, British, Canadian and Australian citizens, have arrived in Cyprus since the Israeli assault on Lebanon began, with about 23,000 departing so far for other destinations.

    Evacuees are arriving on ships by the thousands and are waiting at the airport for a flight out. Larnaca Airport is working at full blast, serving nearly as many passengers as large airports abroad.

    Minister of the Interior Andreas Christou visited Larnaca Airport to inspect all units working there. He added that there have been some applications by Lebanese citizens seeking political asylum in Cyprus.

    Christou congratulated everyone and expressed hope that peace would prevail in the Middle East.

    Minister of Communications and Works Charis Thrasou said the Cypriot authorities have reached their limit in facilitating the evacuees from war-ravaged Lebanon.

    Thrasou renewed Cyprus` call for more planes so that the wave of evacuees could be transferred to their destinations, relieving Cyprus which is under strain.

    Meanwhile, the British High Commission to Cyprus has announced that operations to get British and other citizens out of Lebanon are reaching their conclusion.

    Over the past week, Britain withdrew some 5,000 people, mostly British, from Lebanon. About 2,500 have already returned to Britain on chartered flights, while others preferred to make their own arrangements. There are still some British citizens heading to Cyprus.

    [02] US SECRETARY OF STATE - CYPRUS - ISRAEL

    US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice arrived at Larnaca Airport at around 1940 local time (1640 GMT) on Monday from Beirut, where she held talks with the Lebanese leadership.

    Rice disembarked her helicopter and boarded a US administration plane destined for Israel, to attend a dinner with her Israeli counterpart.

    [03] DEMAS - CYPRUS

    European Commissioner for Environment Stavros Demas, as the Commissioner responsible for Civil Protection, is due to arrive on Tuesday while EU civil defence officials are already on the island with a view to fully utilize the transport means available in EU states to transfer Lebanons evacuees to their homelands.

    In statements to CNA, Head of the EU`s Representation in Cyprus Themis Themistocleous said that Commissioner Demas will participate on Tuesday in a meeting with Cypriot Foreign Minister George Lillikas and the Ministrys Crisis Team to coordinate efforts regarding the Lebanon crisis.

    European Commission Spokesman Jonathan Tont, has said that the Commission is examining the situation in Lebanon, together with the government of Cyprus, emphasizing on assistance to deal with the transfer of Lebanon evacuees, who are currently in Cyprus.

    [04] COREPER - CYPRUS - LEBANON

    The EU Committee of the Permanent Representatives (COREPER) has praised the role of the Republic of Cyprus in helping foreign nationals flee war-stricken Lebanon.

    According to community sources, during Tuesday`s extraordinary meeting the Ambassadors who took part expressed their gratitude to the Cypriot government for its decisive contribution towards evacuating Lebanon.

    Cyprus has submitted three requests for help, namely airplanes to transport the foreign citizens back home, EU countries undertaking to host some of the evacuees in order to lighten the island`s burden, and financial assistance.

    The Crisis Team of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that the 348 Cypriots who were in Lebanon and wished to return to the island have been repatriated, and that only a small number of Cypriot citizens have chosen to remain there for business or personal reasons.


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