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06NICOSIA1175
2006-07-20 15:51:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Nicosia
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TFLE01: CYPRUS SITREP 06 AS OF 1800 LOCAL,

Tags:   AEMR  ASEC  KPAO  CMGT  LE  CY  KFLO  CASC  AMGT 
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FM AMEMBASSY NICOSIA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 6480
INFO RUEHLB/AMEMBASSY BEIRUT PRIORITY 4153
RHMFISS/CDR USCENTCOM MACDILL AFB FL PRIORITY
						C O N F I D E N T I A L NICOSIA 001175 

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/21/2016
TAGS: AEMR ASEC KPAO CMGT LE CY KFLO CASC AMGT
SUBJECT: TFLE01: CYPRUS SITREP 06 AS OF 1800 LOCAL,
THURSDAY, JULY 20, 2006

REF: A. NICOSIA 1166

B. NICOSIA 1167

C. NICOSIA 1170

D. NICOSIA 1172

E. NICOSIA 1174

Classified By: Ambassador Ronald L. Schlicher, reasons 1.4 B/D



1. (C) Summary: Ambassador weighed in septel with request
that the increasing flow of evacuees be calibrated between
Cyprus and other destinations such as Mersin in order to keep
our total daily flow in line with our capacity to handle
2,000 evacuees daily. Additional charter airlift will be
necessary for us to ensure the smooth flow of these 2,000
each day. Total headcount of U.S. citizens received as of
1700L was 1680.

POL/MIL



2. (C) The following are pol/mil updates:

--The Government of Cyprus (GOC) issued a note verbale July
20 afternoon announcing that due to congestion, the Larnaca
port will no longer take arrivals on a first-come,
first-served basis, but rather by schedule. DAO is
coordinating with the CTF to ensure the GOC is informed of
all U.S. arrivals.

--DAO is continuing preparation for use of Paphos airport to
handle outbound evacuee flights.

CONSULAR



3. (C) The following are consular updates:

--Accounting of U.S. citizens who have arrived in Cyprus:
11 via helicopter July 16
62 via helicopter and ship July 17
37 via French-chartered ship July 18
104 via helicopter July 18
138 via Hoegh Norwegian ship July 19
4 via Greek military ship July 19
160 via helicopter (Beirut Air Bridge - BAB) July 19
3 via HMS York July 19
3 via Crete II July 19
1012 via MV Orient Queen July 20
3 via HMS Gloucester July 20
27 via Serenade & IREA Petra July 20
96 via helicopter (BAB) July 20

TOTAL: 1680 (as of 1700L, when an additional helicopter was
expected to arrive, bringing the total to over 1,700; Nicosia
control room)

--2200 U.S. citizens are expected to arrive via ship from
Beirut July 21, with more arriving July 22 (USS Nashville and
MV Orient Queen expected to dock at Limassol port early July
21 with 1055 and 800 U.S. citizens respectively).

--258 U.S. citizens have so far departed on charter flights
July 20. From July 20 to 21, 1040 more are scheduled to
depart via charter flights.

--Embassy Nicosia estimates it will need a total of at least
51 CONS officers, 19 MGT and 20 PD TDYers to accommodate this
number. Post will elaborate via email and telcon to
Taskforce.

--More baggage handlers are needed at the Nicosia airport;
DAO will liaise with airport officials to see if military
personnel can temporarily fill this gap.

MANAGEMENT



4. (U) Two military doctors and seven military nurses are in
country, along with Cairo RMO Dr. Nicholas, who is assisting
Embassy Nicosia's nurse. Medical staff is providing support
to evacuees at the Fairgrounds and at the ports.

SECURITY



5. (U) Regional Security Office has agents on the ground at
Larnaca, who report that the airport is increasingly
congested.
SCHLICHER