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FM AMEMBASSY NICOSIA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 6534
INFO RUEHLB/AMEMBASSY BEIRUT PRIORITY 4186
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C O N F I D E N T I A L NICOSIA 001222
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/29/2016 TAGS: AEMR ASEC KPAO MGT LE CY KFLO CASC AMGT SUBJECT: TFLE01: CYPRUS SITREP 20 AS OF 0800 LOCAL, FRIDAY, JULY 28, 2006
REF: A. NICOSIA 1216
B. NICOSIA 1206 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 0800L was 13,231. 9,944 had departed with U.S. government assistance by 0800L on July 28. 494 are currently were at the Cyprus International Fairgrounds as of 0800L on July 28.
2. (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 0800(L) July 28:
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 2 via helicopter July 27
--There were a total of 9,944 U.S.-assisted departures from Cyprus on U.S. charter flights as of 0800L July 28. Two more charter flights are scheduled to depart at 0200L (capacity 550) and at 2300L (approximate capacity 200) on July 29. The Orient Queen is expected to arrive near 2400L July 28 with official Americans from Embassy Beirut and an as-yet undetermined number of passengers (DAO estimates 300).
--Approximately 494 people will are now at the Fairgrounds. Of these, CONS estimates that between 85-150 are awaiting DHS adjudication decisions or interviews.
--DHS is sending two more TDYers on July 29.
--The Fairgrounds will remain open during the weekend in order to allow DHS to continue to process applications there.
3. (U) MGT is arranging TDY reinforcements for next week (July 31-Aug 4). A proper rotation of staff is still critical at the Fairgrounds as we are unsure of the number of passengers who will arrive on the Orient Queen. July 28 arrivals from the Orient Queen will be the last to be staged at the Fairgrounds; after closure of the Fairgrounds facility, we will attempt to book arrivals directly into hotels.
4. (C) The following are security updates:
--RSO is sending three DS agents to Beirut July 28.
--Situation at the Fairgrounds is contained but still rather volatile.
--TSA will extend the stay of its agents until July 31; they are planning to donate some equipment (hand wands) to Cypriot Civil Aviation and conducted training with Cypriot staff that was very well received. SCHLICHER