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Last Nativity Church Palestinian leaves Cyprus
2002-11-25 17:56:14

Larnaca, Nov 25 (CNA) - Abdullah Daoud, the last Palestinian who was in Cyprus after being brought here following the lifting of the Nativity Church siege in Bethlehem earlier this year, left the island today for an unknown destination.

Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said he was not authorised to reveal the country that granted asylum to the Palestinian. He said however it was a distant, non-European country, where the Palestinian was to meet relatives.|

''With Daoud's departure, Cyprus' role and mission in regard to this case has been completed'', Kasoulides added.

Daoud arrived on the island with 12 other Palestinians on May 10, after the siege of the Church of the Nativity was lifted, and was staying at a Larnaca seaside hotel under police protection. The other 12 Palestinians left Cyprus on May 22 for six European countries that had agreed to take them in.

The thirteenth Palestinian left today accompanied by a representative of the EU's High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy.

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