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Cyprus and US underline need to combat terrorism
2006-04-04 13:34:28

Nicosia, Apr 4 - The significance of combating terrorism and trafficking of persons was underlined during a gathering in Nicosia on Tuesday between Cypriot and American officials at the Alien and Immigration Department where members of the Police force received diplomas for attending a series of lectures at the island's US Embassy.

Addressing the gathering, Deputy Police Chief Iacovos Papacostas said a total of 140 members of the Alien and Immigration Department, the Criminal Statistics Services and the Criminal Investigation Department participated in the programme that was held between 7 and 30 March, noting that they ''acquired invaluable knowledge and experience.''

He also said that ten members of the Intelligence Team attended a two-week training course in the US on combating terrorism.

Consul Henri Hand said that through its actions, the government of Cyprus has showed how important the issue of combating illegal immigration and trafficking of persons is.

Expressing his deep appreciation to the government of Cyprus for its cooperation, he said the two countries work together in a number of very important issues that ''affect people's lives and make the world a safer and better place.''

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