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Cyprus: No info by the US on transfer or detention of suspects
2006-06-08 12:33:55

Nicosia, Jun 8 - The American government has at no time informed the Cyprus government on the transfer or detention of terrorism suspects, a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said. This was in response to a report by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on CIA secret flights/transfer of terrorism suspects.

The report by PACE Rapporteur Dick Marty said Cyprus along with Germany, Turkey and Spain was a ?staging point? for flights involving the unlawful transfer of detainees.

The Foreign Ministry press release also said: ?The Cyprus Government has timely informed the Rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Mr Dick Marty that no terrorism suspects have been transferred via Cyprus, nor have there been cases of a secret detention of persons.?

"At no time has the American Government informed us on the transfer or detention of terrorism suspects,? it added.

?In seven cases in 2004 permission was requested for technical landings of private American aircraft. The Cyprus Authorities had consented and gave permission for these technical landings, i.e. aircraft refueling only,? the press release also noted.

It then pointed out that ?it is well-known that such demands cannot be rejected by any airport Authority. (Second Freedom, Chicago Convention, 1944).?

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