Cyprus submits report to UN on fight against terrorism
Nicosia, Jan 9 (CNA) -- The Republic of Cyprus has submitted its report
to the UN pursuant to Security Council resolution 1373 on the fight against
terrorism. Cyprus stresses that the fight against international crime, particularly
terrorism, through international cooperation is one of its foreign
policy top priorities.
Cyprus strongly condemns the terrorist attacks against the US on 11 September and has aligned itself with the international coalition of nations committed to combat global terrorism.
"The government is committed to joining forces with all governments on a bilateral level, as well as in international fora, in the struggle to eliminate terrorism," the report, submitted on 21 December 2001 according to an official press release, said.|
It notes that Cyprus has ratified or acceded to ten of the twelve international conventions pertaining to international terrorism and adds that the government reiterates that it fully recognises the existence and the dimensions of this international problem.
In the 24-page report, ( The full text of which can be found on the website of the Permanent Mission of Cyprus to the UN at the following address: http://www.un.int/cyprus/prquest..htm ) Cyprus outlines in great detail the measures it has taken to prevent and suppress the financing of terrorist acts and the penalties for committing such offences as well as legislation and procedures introduced to freeze accounts and assets at financial institutions.
The report also refers to mechanisms and procedures in place to assist other states in the fight against terrorism and to exercise control at the country's borders.
The government points out that "almost 36 per cent of the territory of the Republic of Cyprus is under Turkish military occupation and therefore under the total control of Turkey" and consequently the legal government of Cyprus is prevented from exercising its jurisdiction in the island's northern occupied areas.
Cyprus has created a Mobile Immediate Action Union consisting of a specialised antiterrorist squad, has trained police officers in the investigation of terrorist activities, is in close cooperation with European, neighbouring and other countries, and the House of Representatives enacted the ratification law of the UN convention for the suppression of the financing of terrorism.
The offences prescribed in the convention are criminal and the penalties provided are 15 years imprisonment and/or a fine of one million Cyprus pounds (one pound trades at about 1,5 US dollars).