Cyprus Denies 6 Asylum Claims


ATHENS – An official says Cypriot authorities won’t consider the asylum applications of six individuals from among 114 migrants whose boats landed on the shores of a British air base on Cyprus last month because of unspecified security reasons.

The Cypriot government official said Monday information authorities have collected on these individuals offers reason to refuse processing their asylum claim. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he’s not authorized to publicly discuss security matters, didn’t elaborate on what the information pertains to.

He didn’t rule out the possibility that Cypriot authorities could refuse asylum claims for other applicants on similar grounds.

Under an existing agreement with U.K. authorities, Cyprus is charged with processing asylum claims filed by migrants who arrive directly to the two bases that Britain maintains on the east Mediterranean island.

But the Cypriot official said the agreement includes a provision under which Cypriot authorities can refuse to consider asylum claims on security grounds.

–By Menelaos Hadjicostis in Nicosia, Cyprus.




NICOSIA - While Cypriot airports are less affected by air travel turmoil because of a shortage of pilots and staffs on international airlines – despite massive subsidies given the industry – Deputy Tourism Minister Savvas Perdios suggested Cypriots not to travel in July and August.

Top Stories

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

General News

PHILADELPHIA – The Federation of Hellenic Societies of Philadelphia and Greater Delaware Valley announced that the Evzones, the Presidential Guard of Greece will be participating in the Philadelphia Greek Independence Day Parade on March 20.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.