US House of Representatives resolution commends Cyprus in Lebanon crisis
Nicosia, Jul 28 (CNA) -- A resolution introduced in the US House of Representatives, commends the Republic of Cyprus and the Cypriot people for their support and assistance in the evacuation of Americans fleeing Lebanon.
Original co-sponsors of the resolution tabled on Wednesday are Republican Michael Bilirakis and leader of the Democrats at the International Relations Committee Tom Lantos. The resolution was supported by a further 29 members of the House from both parties.
The resolution notes that "the government of the Republic of Cyprus has launched a major effort to support the evacuation of American citizens and others fleeing Lebanon".
It adds that "at the request of the United States Embassy in Nicosia, the Cypriot government has made its premises in Nicosia available to American citizens as temporary residences until their departure from Cyprus can be arranged".
The resolution states that "the Department of State has expressed gratitude for the assistance provided by the Cypriot Civil Defense Force and the Cypriot people in the evacuation effort".
According to the resolution, "there are an estimate 25,000 American citizens living in or visiting Lebanon and many of these American citizens, are seeking to leave Lebanon as a result of dangers of remaining in that war-torn country".