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Cyprus and US to implement Agreement on Extradition
2006-01-20 14:55:41

Nicosia, Jan 20 (CNA) -- Cyprus and the US signed here today all necessary documents for the implementation of the Agreement between the US and the European Union regarding ?xtradition and ?utual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters.

The documents were signed by Minister of Justice and Public Order Doros Theodorou and US Ambassador to Nicosia Ronald Schlicher.

In statements to the press, US Ambassador said that Cyprus and the US have common interests in combating transnational crime, trafficking of persons and combating the trafficking of drugs.

“By signing these documents, the US is sending a signal to the people of Cyprus that our bilateral relation, which has always been a good one, is one which we seek to expand and deepen in the coming years, across a wide range of matters including the subject matter of these agreements today”, Schlicher said.

He added that during a private meeting he held with Cypriot Minister before the signing of the documents, they talked about “the fact that the people of Cyprus and the people of the US have very important common interests, like combating terrorism”.

“In this effort of combating terrorism, Cyprus is our ally”, US Ambassador said.

Cypriot Minister wished that other EU countries would proceed to finalizing the procedures for the implementation of the US – EU agreement as soon as possible.

Theodorou reassured the US Ambassador that the government of Cyprus would give this matter every priority and noted that the Agreement on Extradition of Fugitives does not concern citizens of the Republic of Cyprus.

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