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Cyprus & Greece Justice Ministers pledge to promote common interests
2005-05-20 13:49:58

Nicosia, May 20 (CNA) -- Cyprus Justice and Public Order Minister Doros Theodorou and his Greek counterpart Anastasios Papaligouras, expressed today their intention for their ministries’ departments to cooperate with a view to promote the common interests of both countries in the field of justice.

Speaking to the press after meeting Theodorou, Papaligouras said the systematic cooperation between the two ministries could be both on the field of law preparation and and in the penitentiary field, adding that ''Greece could give Cyprus the knowledge and experience'' it acquired during its 25-year old presence at the EU.

Papaligouras invited Theodorou to visit Greece with a view to materialize their cooperation.

Theodorou said that a new beginning is taking place today on issues of cooperation between the two ministries.

Papaligouras said they declared their intention ''to have a systematic and continuous cooperation at a clearly services level”.

This cooperation, he added, ''is not indefinite and theoretical on the political level but begins by determining the concrete fields in which we could have a real, fruitful, determined and efficient cooperation in the framework of the general coordination between the two countries.''

Theodorou said they discussed the competencies of their ministries, adding that the two ministries face the same problems.

We decided, he added, to have a new meeting soon either in Greece or in Cyprus with a view to register the issues of cooperation.

Paligouras completed his visit and returned to Athens this afternoon.

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