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US leases cruise ship to EVAC citizens from Lebanon

 
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I hope the ship is of moderate size and plans to take many back and forth trips. It seems imprudent if it is large, putting all you eggs in one basket. What if some errant Israeli missle hits it? I think flying out would be better or taking the people out through Syria. American can go into Syria, can't they?


US leases cruise ship to evacuate its citizens from Lebanon

According to a report by American television station, NBC, the United States leased a Greek cruise ship in order to evacuate American citizens stuck in Lebanon.

According to the report, the ship is anticipated to arrive in Lebanon Tuesday and begin evacuation of some five thousand Americans currently residing in Lebanon. (Yitzhak Ben-Horin, Washington)

(07.17.06, 20:25)

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According to this report, a U.S. destroyer
will escort the evacuation efforts:


BEIRUT, Lebanon - A commercial ship escorted by a U.S. destroyer will start evacuating some Americans from war-torn Lebanon on Tuesday and more military helicopters will be used to fly others direct to Cyprus, a U.S. official said Monday.

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I'm keeping my eyes on Cyprus, the island off the coast of Lebanon.

6:59 a.m. July 17, 2006

NICOSIA, Cyprus – A ship carrying hundreds of evacuees from fighting in Lebanon headed to Cyprus on Monday as European governments stepped up efforts to move their nationals to safety.

Hundreds of foreigners – including tourists and dual nationals – have been moved through the island since Israel began its attacks on Lebanon last Wednesday in response to attacks from Hezbollah militants.

An Italian warship carrying nearly 400 evacuees was expected in the Cyprus port of Larnaca on Monday afternoon. The evacuees were headed to Beirut on a convoy of 17 buses, Italian authorities said.

The Cyprus government made preparations to help with the evacuation of thousands more expected to be brought out by the United States and European countries.

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I wonder how much they will charge them.lol
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That's a nice gesture considering they decided themselves they didn't want to live in America anymore.
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A little background on Cyprus (key
factor in the evacuation efforts)

In 1974, a Greek Government-sponsored attempt to seize control of Cyprus was met by military intervention from Turkey, which soon controlled more than a third of the island. In 1983, the Turkish-held area declared itself the "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus," but it is RECOGNIZED ONLY BY TURKEY.

The entire island entered the EU on 1 May 2004, although the EU acquis - the body of common rights and obligations - applies only to the areas under direct Republic of Cyprus control, and is suspended in the areas administered by Turkish Cypriots. At present, every Cypriot carrying a Cyprus passport has the status of a European citizen; however, EU laws do not apply to north Cyprus. Nicosia continues to oppose EU efforts to establish direct trade and economic links to north Cyprus as a way of encouraging the Turkish Cypriot community to continue to support reunification. (CIA Factbook)
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I was wondering when this would happen, finally!
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Nice place to do your vacationing. Real smart.
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Who will be the lucky 5000 who get to leave?
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Nice place to do your vacationing. Real smart.
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reminds me of those "Come to Israel"
t.v. commercials

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BBC

Hundreds evacuated from Lebanon
French nationals wait for a ferry in Beirut.

The only routes out are by sea or land
Some 2,000 foreign nationals have been evacuated from Beirut as operations gather pace to help them escape the escalating crisis in Lebanon.

With Beirut airport damaged by Israeli air strikes, the only routes out are by sea to Cyprus or by bus to Syria.

Several hundred citizens from Italy, Sweden and Denmark have already returned home via Syria.

US and UK helicopters have air-lifted priority cases out, and several nations are planning major sea evacuations.

(Several hundred citizens...and
Denmark have already returned home via Syria -- you were right, sol)

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Official Support for Turkey on Cyprus
By Anka, Anadolu News Agency (aa), Brussels
Published: Tuesday, July 18, 2006
zaman.com

The Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS), a policy think-tank in Brussels, renowned for its policy research studies on the European Union (EU), offered its support to Turkey on the Cyprus issue.

The CEPS report, submitted to the EU term president Finland, reads: “Northern Cyprus, accepting the internationally recognized first and only solution, the Annan Plan, cannot be held responsible for the division on the Island any longer.”

The CEPS also asked for isolations imposed on the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus (TRNC) to be removed.

The report was presented verbally to Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhahen.

The CEPS evaluated Turkey’s EU membership and the Cyprus issue in the report titled ‘Strategic issues in a broader Europe’.

Also in the news today:

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ANKARA (AFP) - The United States has warned Turkey that a cross-border operation against Kurdish rebel bases in northern
Iraq would be "unwise," drawing angry accusations from Ankara that Washington is using double standards in the region.
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"We have repeatedly said that we believe that unilateral military action across the border with Iraq would be unwise," the US amabassador to Turkey, Ross Wilson, said in an interview with the NTV news channel.
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According this this, it's a Lebanese cruise ship, not Greek.

(Beirut, Lebanon-AP) July 18, 2006 - The cruise ship that's supposed to take as many as a-thousand US citizens in Lebanon to safety has arrived in Beirut. And the top US naval officer in the region says it will leave Beirut first thing in the morning.

The Orient Queen is a Lebanese cruise ship that has been hired by the US military.

Vice Admiral Patrick Walsh says a second commercial vessel, which can hold about 1,400 passengers, will also be brought in.

The military has already been using helicopters to ferry some Americans out of Lebanon. More than 300 Americans left the country Tuesday.

Walsh, speaking to Pentagon reporters from Bahrain, says there aren't yet any plans to put US Marines ashore in Beirut for security, unless conditions change.

Meanwhile, there's disagreement over who will pay the cost of evacuating the Americans. The State Department said it will ask Americans to pay for rides out of Lebanon that include chartered vessels. But House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi says, "A nation that can provide more than 300 billion dollars for a war in Iraq can provide the money to get its people out of Lebanon."

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Wait a minute, this is a different cruise ship, sorry.

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