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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-01-31

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    Cyprus prepares to receive foreign citizens evacuated from Cairo, Egypt, due to the unrest caused by mass protests against the declining financial conditions and the regime of President Hosni Mubarak.

    Adamos Aspris Spokesman of Hermes Airports told CNA that officials from the Cypriot Foreign Ministry, the Civil Aviation Department, the heads of Hermes Airports and other government officials are participating in a meeting of the Crisis Management Centre in Larnaca Airport.

    ``The meeting will deal with the planning in the case of extraordinary flights from Cairo to Larnaca for the transportation of foreign nationals from Egypt,`` he said.

    Aspris assured that extraordinary flights would not disrupt the normal flight schedule. ``Both Cyprus` airports are ready to respond to this crisis,`` he added.

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus has announced that, due to the violent clashes in Egyptian towns, it advises Cypriot citizens currently in Egypt to avoid areas where demonstrations are being staged.

    It also advises the citizens of the Republic of Cyprus who intend to travel to Egypt to refrain from doing so, due to the situation in the country.

    For any assistance, interested persons may contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at +357 99660129 or the Embassy of the Republic in Cairo at +20 2 33455967, 33455968 and 33455494.


    The Cyprus government, in line with the European Union, will not recognize any changes to the pre-1967 borders, between Israel and the Palestinians, unless agreed by the two parties.

    This was said by Cyprus Government Spokesman Stefanos Stefanou, who in a written statement said the President of the Republic of Cyprus, replying to a letter of the President of the Palestinian National Authority, referred to the decision of the Cyprus Government of 1988, on the issue of recognition of the Palestinian state, which remains valid.

    Concerning the borders of the future Palestinian state, the Cypriot official added, "the position of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus is in line with EU well known position that, it will not recognize any changes to the pre-1967 borders, unless agreed by the two Parties".

    "The Cyprus Government stresses, in this context, the utmost importance of the resumption of talks between the two parties as soon as possible for a solution of the Palestinian issue through negotiations", Stefanou conluded.

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