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European experts praise Cyprus police operations
2004-10-22 15:35:35

Nicosia, Oct 22 (CNA)-- European Union experts on anti-terrorism praised today the Cyprus Police's high level of professionalism, noting that the Force is ready to respond to all EU requirements to combat terrorism.

The EU team comprised of seven experts who visited Cyprus to evaluate the Cypriot police's operations against terrorism, in the framework of a series of visits to all EU member-states.

Speaking at a press conference after the conclusion of their visit, Niels Bracke, head of the team and member of the EU Council General Secretariat said that he was impressed from the way the various security forces of the Republic operate and namely the Port and Marine Police in Limassol, the Special Anti-terrorist Squad of the Mobile Immediate Action Unit and the Department of EU and International Police Cooperation in the police headquarters. Speaking at a press conference after the conclusion of their visit, Niels Bracke, head of the team and member of the EU Council General Secretariat said that he was impressed from the way the various security forces of the Republic operate and namely the Port and Marine Police in Limassol, the Special Anti-terrorist Squad of the Mobile Immediate Action Unit and the Department of EU and International Police Cooperation in the police headquarters.

Replying to a question, Gerd van der Borg, also member of the EU Council General Secretariat, said that Cyprus is the second best of the new EU member states the team has visited, adding that he found out that the security units are ''perfectly organised''.

''We are impressed by the candid information we received, the professional presentation and the warm welcome'', said van der Borg, who will conduct the report on Cyprus, which will be issued to Cypriot Police by the end of the year and later will be presented to the EU Council. The report among those of the other 24 states will be discussed and then the Council will issue an official document.

The European Commission's Home Affairs Department Representative Manuel Rodrigeuz - Vico said that Cyprus has applied the necessary measures set by the Commission among which was the framework to combat terrorism.

EUROPOL's Anti-terrorist Squad Peter Vergauwen said he was impressed by the fact that the Cypriot Police ''showed a very high level of professionalism and is ready to respond to EU requirements''.

During their visit, the EU experts evaluated only the areas controlled by the government of the Republic of Cyprus and not the Turkish-occupied north of the island.

''We have no information and we did not deal with the occupied areas. We only evaluated the Republic of Cyprus' Police'', Bracke noted.

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