“We’re not going to allow this to become some kind of new route of migration into Britain,” Reuters quoted a British government spokesperson as saying.
The comment followed after the arrival of 114 migrants and refugees on Wednesday October 21, at the RAF base Akrotiri, located in southern Cyprus.
Arrivals Are Still Being Interviewed
Civil Defence press officer Olivia Michaelidou has told CNA that the irregular migrants who were rescued early on Wednesday morning off Cyprus’ southern coast, are still being interviewed by the British Bases to establish the facts about their identity and origin.
The migrants (28 children, 19 women and 67 men) were on board two vessels which were located by fishermen in the early hours of Wednesday.
Replying to a CNA question on the progress so far, Michaelidou said that the Civil Defence is waiting for all interviews to be completed so that the status of the migrants can be defined.
(With some information from CNA)