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UPDATED: 08:14, July 21, 2006
Greece urges EU to help Cyprus in transferring foreigners fleeing Lebanon
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Visiting Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Theodoros Kassimis called on the European Union (EU) on Thursday to provide planes and other facilities to the Cypriot government to help the transfer of thousands of foreign nationals who evacuated from Lebanon to flee intense Israeli attacks.

Kassimis, who arrived in Cyprus on Wednesday to receive Greek evacuees, urged the EU and other countries to offer help to Cyprus, a small island country struggling to accommodate thousands of foreign citizens.

Kassimis praised the Cypriot government for doing its best in helping not only Greeks but also other nationals who asked for assistance.

The Greek deputy foreign minister also said that Greece had sent vessels to Cyprus in order to help the country in transferring the evacuees.

At least 12,000 foreigners have arrived in Cyprus, fleeing Israeli attacks across Lebanon.

The Cypriot government has asked EU fellow countries for help, citing difficulties in accommodating the massive influx of foreigners and economic strains.

Source: Xinhua

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