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

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] LILLIKAS LEBANON ROME TALKS
  • [02] EU COMMISSIONER - CYPRUS LEBANON
  • [03] SPOKESMAN - LEBANON CYPRUS
  • [04] GERMAN FAMILY HOSPITAL CYPRUS

  • [01] LILLIKAS LEBANON ROME TALKS

    Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs George Lillikas said the Cypriot government had from the start supported a ceasefire in Lebanon, something which was not accepted at the EU Council of Ministers` Meeting and thus the wording cessation of hostilities was adopted.

    He said Cyprus will continue to offer medical assistance to foreign nationals arriving from Lebanon, noting that human life and health is more important than what it will cost.

    Speaking at Larnaca International Airport before departing for Rome to represent Cyprus at an international meeting on the Middle East crisis, Lillikas said that the meeting will discuss a possible ``ceasefire ending hostilities, and various ideas or proposals concerning the dispatch of a peacekeeping force with the hope that there will be an agreement.``

    [02] EU COMMISSIONER - CYPRUS LEBANON

    The fundamental principle of solidarity and apportioning responsibilities among EU member states will be implemented in the event Cyprus receives from Lebanon a large number of foreign nationals from third countries, European Commissioner for Environment Stavros Demas, responsible for Civil Protection said.

    He was speaking after a meeting at Larnaca Port with Cypriot and EU officials to examine the situation following the influx of foreign nationals from war-ravaged Lebanon.

    The European Commissioner said that the main solution to the problem that has ensued with the mass exodus of people from Lebanon would be to immediately stop the hostilities and create conditions of safety in the country.

    For this to happen, he said, all those who have the ability to affect the situation, should exert pressure for an immediate ceasefire.

    Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of the Interior Andreas Christou, speaking on behalf of the government, said Cyprus has proved that it can handle crises in the region, adding however that its capabilities are limited.

    [03] SPOKESMAN - LEBANON CYPRUS

    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.

    [04] GERMAN FAMILY HOSPITAL CYPRUS

    A mother with her four children, one of them in a serious condition, are being treated at Makarios Hospital in Nicosia following their arrival on the island from the war-zone in Lebanon.

    Head of the Pediatric Clinic of the Makarios Hospital Panagiotis Zarvos told CNA that the family of German nationality, the mother, her eight-month old infant, and three other children aged 9, 13 and 15, were admitted with burns, while a 20-year-old was also taken to Nicosia General Hospital. He said the condition of the nine-year-old is serious.

    ``The 9-year-old child is the one with the most serious condition and is on a respirator at the Children`s Intensive Care Unit of the Makarios Hospital,`` Zarvos said, adding that severe burns ``seem to have affected the child`s vision.``


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