They hurt “Amalthea” – Nicosia is on standby | Liberal

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The murderous attack on members of the NGO World Central Kitchen who were transporting humanitarian aid to Gaza from the ship that left the port of Larnaca overshadowed yesterday’s visit by the President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola. This unpleasant development had the effect of freezing the humanitarian aid mission program at this stage, while the three ships left Gaza.

Nicosia at this stage is actually waiting to see what the decisions will be which will be taken in relation to the continuation of the humanitarian corridor, as the work of the Americans to create a temporary pier is already underway. The Government’s position is that the initiative must remain alive, something that President Christodoulidis conveyed yesterday to Robera Metsolas and also expressed through his statements to journalists. When asked about it, he replied that the humanitarian corridor Amalthia is not going to stop.

In any case, yesterday’s development is particularly negative in general, causing reflection on the whole situation prevailing in the region. Due to the murderous blow to the humanitarian mission, the program of yesterday’s visit was also changed, with President Christodoulidis and the President of the European Parliament going directly to the Search and Rescue Coordination Center, where they also made statements.

Condemning the events in Gaza, President Christodoulidis said that the tragic events should not discourage us but redouble our efforts to send more aid to Gaza

In his statements at the Research Coordination Center and Rescue, whose facilities they were earlier given a tour of, the President of the Republic said, among other things, that the World Central Kitchen is one of Cyprus’ main partners in the Amalthia initiative, and expressed its condolences to the organization and to the victims’ relatives, while calling for an in-depth investigation of the incident.

He added that “the tragic event should not discourage us but we should redouble our efforts to provide more aid to the civilian population of Gaza.”

He also pointed out that “the EU should not just be an observer of what is happening in the region, but we have a responsibility to act and take initiatives together with our partners to end the war and start the political process for a lasting solution to the based on the resolutions of the UN Security Council”.

He also said that Cyprus as the EU member state closest to the Middle East region and has excellent relations with all its neighbors aims to meet its moral obligation to alleviate the suffering of civilians in Gaza and to this end is working together with its partners, the UN, the EU, the US, the UAE and others, pointing out that the safe distribution of aid is imperative and must be ensured.

“We have already sent the first two shipments of hundreds of tons of aid directly to Gaza, through our close cooperation with the UAE as well. In addition, in cooperation with partners and stakeholders, we are working to make aid to Gaza more stable and predictable,” noted the President of the Republic, adding that the Amalthea Fund was activated.

>> Metsola: We greatly appreciate your leadership attitude

For her part, Ms. Metsola said, among other things, that Cyprus is Europe’s first gateway to the Middle East, Asia and Africa, noting that what we see here with the Amalthia initiative “is exactly the translation of the European values, solidarity, peace, united in our common humanity”.

He added that the situation in Gaza is desperate, noting that aid workers must be protected.

Ms. Metsola welcomed the Amalthia initiative, noting to President Christodoulidis that “we greatly appreciate your leadership and your personal commitment to turn this initiative into a success, a reality.”

He added that this leadership attitude is an example for Europe but also internationally, proving that there are no small and big leaderships and that ideas are not based on geography, as Cyprus proves every day.

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