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06NICOSIA1216
2006-07-27 15:33:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Nicosia
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TFLE01: CYPRUS SITREP 19 AS OF 1700 LOCAL,

Tags:   AEMR  ASEC  KPAO  MGT  LE  CY  KFLO  CASC  AMGT 
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O 271533Z JUL 06
FM AMEMBASSY NICOSIA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 6528
INFO RUEHLB/AMEMBASSY BEIRUT PRIORITY 4184
RHMFISS/CDR USCENTCOM MACDILL AFB FL PRIORITY
						C O N F I D E N T I A L NICOSIA 001216 

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/28/2016
TAGS: AEMR ASEC KPAO MGT LE CY KFLO CASC AMGT
SUBJECT: TFLE01: CYPRUS SITREP 19 AS OF 1700 LOCAL,
THURSDAY, JULY 27, 2006

REF: NICOSIA 11106 AND PREVIOUS

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



1. (C) Summary: Total headcount of U.S.-assisted arrivals in
Cyprus as of 1700L was 13,229. 9,389 had departed with U.S.
government assistance by 1700L on July 27. 488 will spend
the night at the Cyprus International Fairgrounds. End
summary.

POLITICAL



2. (U) GOC Interior Minister Christou stated today that
Cyprus is "capable of welcoming 8,000 people per day without
any difficulties," provided that they travel to third
countries soon after their arrival.

CONSULAR



3. (C) The following are consular updates:

--Headcount of U.S.-assisted arrivals (includes U.S.
citizens, LPRs and third-country nationals) in Cyprus as of
1700(L) July 27:

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
1054 via MV Orient Queen July 20
3 via HMS Gloucester July 20
27 via UN Serenade & IREA Petra July 20
187 via helicopter (BAB) July 20
100 via UN ship Serenade July 21
1054 via USS Nashville July 21
790 via Orient Queen July 21
241 via helicopter (BAB) July 21
1803 via USS Trenton July 22
27 via Greek Ikaria July 22
21 via MV Akioni July 22
1050 via USS Nashville July 22
815 via Ramah July 22
39 via helicopter 2108 July 22
1005 via USS Whidbey July 23
983 via Orient Queen July 23
38 via helicopter July 23
529 via USS Nashville July 24
26 via helicopter July 24
772 via Orient Queen July 24
3 via Princessa Marissa July 25
5 via helicopter July 25
7 via helicopter July 25
152 via Ramah July 25
36 via helicopter July 25
281 via Vittoria M July 25
338 via Orient Queen July 26 (estimated)
7 via French military helicopter July 26
4 via IREA Petra July 26
331 via Vittoria M July 26
3 via helicopter July 26
324 via Princessa Marissa July 27
557 via Orient Queen July 27
7 via UN Serenade July 27
20 via French military ship Sirocco July 27

TOTAL: 13,229

--There were a total of 9,389 U.S.-assisted departures from
Cyprus on U.S. charter flights as of 1700L July 27 (with a
flight due to take off at any minute carrying 351
passengers). Two more charter flights are scheduled for
0200L and 2300L July 28. No further arrivals are scheduled
at this time.

--A large number of undocumented passengers arrived early
July 27 aboard the Princess Marissa from southern Lebanon
(133 of 324 were either TCNs or lacked documentation for
travel to the United States).

--Approximately 488 people will spend the night at the
Fairgrounds (of whom some 250 are undocumented cases and
their relatives). CONS will attempt to conduct short, daily
town hall meetings there at a specified time.

MANAGEMENT



4. (C) MGT is working to maintain a proper balance of staff
at the Fairgrounds, ports of entry and control room as TDYers
begin to depart and Embassy Beirut moves to ordered departure.

PUBLIC AFFAIRS



5. (U) The Cypriot press have been interviewing people at the
Fairgrounds. Reports so far are not positive, with arrivals
there complaining about delay and uncertainty regarding their
onward travel.
SCHLICHER