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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 06-07-25

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    Cyprus has exceeded its limits, is asking for practical assistance from the international community and especially the EU to handle the great humanitarian problems created with the mass exodus of foreign nationals arriving from Lebanon.

    Deputy Minister to the President and Government Spokesman Christodoulos Pashiardis pointed out that Cyprus does not need more credits and congratulations for the deed it has carried out so far alone and helpless, it needs practical and immediate contribution and assistance from all European countries.

    Cyprus has not only reached its limits, it has surpassed them with the danger of not being able to bear the influx of foreign nationals from third countries, he pointed out, noting that the problem cannot solely concern Cyprus just because it neighbours the battlefront.

    Pashiardis remarked that the problem also concerns Europe and the international community which cannot distance itself from the obligation and responsibility towards thousands of people seeking refuge.

    The Spokesman said Cyprus will continue until its limits are exhausted to accept refugees and to offer every possible humanitarian assistance, anticipating however assistance promptly and practically and not late and merely verbally.

    He reiterated that Cyprus has asked for an opening of borders of other European countries in the event refugees from third countries begin to pour in, as well as more planes to Cyprus to promptly transfer foreign nationals to their homelands so that there is no gap between arrivals and departures and the creation of crisis groups at every European country.

    Pashiardis noted the issue is not financial at this time, we are currently dealing with handling these great humanitarian problems, the rest will come later.

    He added that France is already using the ``Andreas Papandreou`` military airbase and any other country can if it asks so to transport its nationals.


    Cyprus has been indeed a bridge of peace, security and a lifeline for thousands of people, said European Commissioner for Environment Stavros Demas, responsible for Civil Protection.

    Speaking at Larnaca International Airport on his arrival on the island to discuss how best the EU can contribute in the refugee crisis from Lebanon, Demas said praised the effort of the government, authorities, Cyprus Red Cross, volunteers, non-governmental organizations and people of Cyprus, noting it was moving and fully complying with EU norms.

    Demas added that the end of hostilities will also signal the solution of the problem and this would constitute the most fundamental handling of the problem that has been created with the refugees.

    The EU official said that what must be done is to create the conditions that will allow the smooth return of Lebanese citizens to their homes and properties.

    Referring to his visit to Cyprus, Demas said that his visit is being held with the cooperation of the government of Cyprus, to ascertain what problems exist and how best to coordinate the return of not only European citizens but also nationals coming from third countries who are either in Cyprus or will arrive in the coming days.

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