Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrived in Cyprus late Wednesday to help transport more than 100 Canadian evacuees from Lebanon aboard his Canadian Forces Airbus.
The plan was reportedly to pick up Canadians who were transported to Cyprus by a British ship, but later reports indicated only about two dozen Canadians were aboard that vessel.
Harper didn't leave his Airbus 310. The Canadian Press reported he appeared to be making preparations to sleep. However, he did meet with George Lilikas, the Cypriot foreign minister, on his aircraft.
The evacuees are to be taken to the airport at Lanarca, about a 45-minute drive from the port of Limmasol.
In addition, a boatload of about 250 Canadians has left port at Beirut to begin the six-hour journey to Cyprus. The arrival time is estimated to be 11:30 p.m. ET.
Harper's plane has a skeleton crew and staff to carry as many Canadians as possible, who arrived in Cyprus by ship from Beirut.
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