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US officials commend Cyprus on fighting terrorism and money laundering
2002-08-19 10:34:13

Nicosia, Aug 19 (CNA) -- Three US high ranking officials have commended the government of Cyprus on its efforts to fight international terrorism and money laundering.

In separate letters, US Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson, Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Kenneth Dam and Senator Bill Nelson have expressed gratitude to Cyprus for its cooperation and the measures it has introduced to prevent the flow of funds to terrorists.|

"The impressive list of anti-terrorist steps taken by Cyprus through June 2002 reaffirms your nation's continuing resolve to stand with the US and countries around the world in aggressively opposing the threat of international terrorism", Thomson notes in his letter.

Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Kenneth Dam congratulates Cyprus on behalf of the US government for the island's efforts to align policy with the EU and "take the necessary actions to identify and freeze assets associated with listed terrorists and their supporters".

"For this important work to be successful, governments must work closely with the financial sector to ensure the transparency of their systems and develop uniform and consistent enforcement mechanisms" Dam adds.

In his letter to Cyprus' Ambassador to the US Erato Kozakou - Markoulli, Senator Nelson commends Cyprus on its "cooperation with the war on terrorism and for the steps you have taken to combat money laundering". CNA AAR/MM/2002

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