Cyprus Mail

Interview process for Akrotiri migrants completed

The interview process for all 114 migrants rescued early on Wednesday morning off the British Base of Akrotiri has been completed, Civil Defence spokeswoman Olivia Michaelidou has said.

According to the Cyprus News Agency, Michaelidou says that the migrants would remain at the British Base until Monday.

Cypriot authorities “are continuously in touch with the British High Commission to better regulate the matter,” she said.

The Civil Defence is ready to respond and offer its services if invited to do so, she added.

“We are taking all necessary precautions to effectively manage the situation,” the statement concludes.

The bases reiterated on Saturday that the migrants would not be allowed to move on to the UK from Cyprus.

“We have been clear that RAF Akrotiri is not a route through which people will be able to get to the UK,” a statement said.

“In accordance with existing agreements, officials from the Republic of Cyprus in collaboration with the SBA administration continue to process the migrants and deal with all asylum claims through their system.”

Both the Cypriot and British authoriti

es have been reluctant to reveal the exact number of migrants who have applied for asylum thus far – which unconfirmed reports on Friday had at only two – the bases said “a small number of the migrants have already claimed asylum”.

“As a precautionary measure, a temporary transit facility is being provided at an appropriate location on the Sovereign Base Area should it become necessary to move the migrants,” the bases statement said.

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