Cyprus to provide facilities for UN mission in Lebanon:
Cyprus will provide facilities through its ports and Andreas Papandreou military air base for deployment of UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon, Foreign Minister George Lillikas said on Thursday.
Speaking to reporters after a one-day visit to Lebanon, Lillikas said that Cyprus will participate in the force with two National Guard officers and continue to offer its services for the transfer of humanitarian aid to the country.
He said that he toured devastated areas in Beirut suburbs, where "we really came face-to-face with overwhelming pictures of pointless destruction."
"I believe that those who witness these pictures believe even more that war does not solve problems, it creates problems and the only way to solve further problems is through dialogue and political means," he said.
He said that during his meetings with senior Lebanese officials, he voiced support for the country's reconstruction process.
He said that if Israel lifts its air blockade on Lebanon, Cyprus Airways, the island's national carrier, "will be ready to restart direct flights between Larnaca and Beirut from Sept. 1."