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Monday, 25 November, 2002, 18:53 GMT
Last Palestinian exile leaves Cyprus
Abdullah Daoud
Cypriot authorities had complained about Daoud
A Palestinian man exiled to Cyprus as part of an agreement to end an Israeli siege of Bethlehem has left the island nation.

The man, Abdullah Daoud, was the last of 13 Palestinians to remain in Cyprus after they were sent there in May.

He is reported to be bound for Mauritania via Paris.

The Cypriot Government said in August that Mr Daoud was creating "problems" and requested his immediate deportation.


He is not meeting the terms of his stay in Cyprus ... We need solutions

Justice Minister Nicos Koshis
Mr Daoud left Cyprus on Monday, a Cypriot official told BBC News Online.

"He left this morning, accompanied by a European Union officer," said Maria Zoupaniotis, public affairs officer for the Cypriot mission to the United Nations.

Government complaints

Cypriot Justice Minister Nicos Koshis said in August that Mr Daoud was refusing to co-operate with the police and might have to be sent elsewhere.

A Cypriot newspaper reported at the time that the authorities were requesting Mr Daoud's immediate deportation over fears he could target Israeli interests and compromise Cyprus' national security.

Mr Daoud arrived in Cyprus on 10 May along with 12 other Palestinians, who were later dispersed to several other European countries.

Israel says Mr Daoud - who was head of the Palestinian Authority's intelligence unit in Bethlehem - is the most dangerous of the group which was sent into exile.

Delay

When no European country appeared willing to take Mr Daoud, Cyprus agreed to allow him to stay on the island for a "few days or weeks" until other arrangements were made.

The Cypriots later said he had become a security headache.

"He vanishes from where he is staying, he won't accept a police guard or escort. He won't brief us on what he is doing and is causing problems," Mr Koshis said.

"We will caution him and tell him that he is not meeting the terms of his stay in Cyprus... but if he doesn't comply we need solutions."

Cyprus offered to accept the 13 Palestinian militants temporarily to save a deal brokered by the US and EU to lift the Israeli siege of Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, which began in April when some 200 Palestinians took refuge there.


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