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US Ambassador: Cyprus a very important ally in the war on terror
2006-09-20 14:12:01

Nicosia, Sep 15 - US Ambassador to Cyprus Ronald Schlicher, stressed that ''Cyprus is a very important ally of the United States in the global war on terror.''

''Today symbolizes the fact that Cyprus is a very important ally of the United States in the global war on terror and what capabilities that we put together to combat any possible terrorist attacks are enormously important,'' Mr. Schlicher also said at a ceremony at the Fire Department's Headquarters where he donated a Mobile Mass Decontamination unit.

Once again, the US diplomat praised Cyprus offer during the 34-day war in Lebanon, in assisting the US government evacuating a total of 13,000 American citizens from the war-ravaged country.

''What our two governments accomplished together at that time in the past is a miracle and that miracle was made possible by the fact that we worked together so well,'' Mr. Schlicher said, expressing hope that ''today's occasion will create another capability if we work together then we can accomplish another miracle.

The US donation includes nine protective suits as well as chemical and biological test kits. The donation follows a week of training of 19 Fire Department, Police, Customs and Civil Defence on the use of Mass Decontamination Unit and on responding to the international or unintentional release of hazardous chemical or biological agents.

Fire Department's Chief Giorgos Papageorgiou said that his department maintains excellent relations with the US Embassy and has a close cooperation especially in the field of training.

''The training completed today is a continuation of the training made last year in combating intentional or unintentional release of chemical agents,'' Mr. Papageorgiou also said.

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