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Cyprus ready to serve as a transit point for foreign nationals fleeing Gaza and Syria

Interior Minister Socratis Hasikos

Cyprus is ready to accept European citizens or third country nationals that will flee Gaza or Syria due to the ongoing crisis, the Minister of Interior Socrates Hasikos said Sunday, pointing out however that these individuals will use Cyprus as a transit point to depart for their final destination.

The Minister of Interior said that Cyprus has the infrastructure and the operational plans that will enable the country to accommodate EU nationals or citizens of third countries.

He explained that Cyprus will serve as a transit point for 3 -4 days and after that, these people will travel to their final destination.

Asked whether Cyprus has information on population mobility due to the conflict in the region, the Minister of Interior said that he has no such information, nor the government is aware of such a possibility. He added that the Ministry follows the issue and will deal with it if and when this occurs.

To a question whether the government will seek assistance from the EU, the Minister explained that Europe is already addressing the crisis and that there is a European project involving all Member States.

CNA



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