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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 06-07-27

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    Cyprus has made a proposal for the solution of the problem that lead to the conflict between Israeli army and Hezbollah, Cypriot Foreign Minister George Lillikas said here Thursday.

    Without elaborating, Lillikas said that the proposal, submitted ten days ago, could not be promoted because the conflict continued. ``So far there is no mediation because the conflict continues, but if there is an end to hostilities, our proposal could be used``, he added.

    Lillikas also said that Cyprus is in favour of an immediate ceasefire ``because the continuation of the conflict does not offer anything more than the increase of the victims.``

    ``Our view is that there should be a dialogue as soon as possible to save human lives,`` Lillikas added, noting that this position could not be endorsed at yesterday`s conference in Rome on Lebanon.

    Replying to a question about a possible influx of Lebanese refugees to Cyprus due to the continuation of the conflict, Lillikas said that the Cypriot proposal is that the EU should take a ``biding decision`` to face such a possibility.

    ``If there is such need, our position is that this should be dealt with on European level with a decision binding the EU 25 distributing the refugees to the 25 member states so that problems to one member state would be avoided,`` he said.

    Asked about a possibility of an influx of asylum seekers, Lillikas said Cyprus submitted to the EU a specific proposal providing the transferring of these people to other European countries through Cyprus and then their repatriation to the country of origin``.

    With this way the number of people to be repatriated would be very small for each country, he explained, adding that all these will be discussed next Tuesday, where an extraordinary Foreign Minister Council will convene.

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