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Cyprus and U.S. sign agreement on mutual legal assistance
2009-07-15 13:14:17

Nicosia, July 13 (CNA) - Cypriot Minister of Justice and Public Order Loukas Louka and the Ambassador of the United States to Cyprus Frank Urbancic attended a ceremonial exchange of ratification instruments between Cyprus and the U.S. on Monday to implement the agreements between the U.S. and the EU on issues regarding extradition of fugitives and mutual legal assistance.

Speaking after the ceremony, the Minister of Justice said the agreements aim to strengthen international efforts to combat terrorism and cross-border crime, as well as to safeguard the rights of suspects and accused persons.

Minister Louka assured the American Ambassador that Cyprus will work closely with both the U.S. and its European partners, to combat the ever increasing cross-border crime and terrorism, and will intensify the efforts to achieve the common goals.

Ambassador Urbancic said he was pleased that the two countries were ready to have the signing of the instruments, which will be put into force when the last two EU countries (Greece and Belgium) ratify them.

“The United States and Cyprus have much to do in this regard and we are very honored and pleased to work with you and to expand our cooperation across the board”, he said.

He pointed out that the instruments between the US and Cyprus, once in force, will form part of an important network of similar agreements with all the countries in the EU

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