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HON. GEORGE W. GEKAS (Extensions of Remarks - October 09, 2002)
2002-10-10 22:06:15

Wednesday, October 9, 2002

Mr. GEKAS. Mr. Speaker, it is my great pleasure to recognize a new step in American-Cypriot relations. On September 18, 2002, the United States and the Republic of Cyprus ratified ``The U.S.-Cyprus Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty'' bringing these two nations even closer together to fight the war on terrorism.

This Treaty provides for many provisions that will fight not just global terrorism, but also organized crime and drug trafficking. In particular, the Treaty will allow the two countries to more effectively coordinate the transfer of persons in custody, execute searches and seizures, share documents and intelligence materials, identify persons of interest to authorities, and prosecute a wide range of criminal offenses.

The PATRIOT Act, which I worked hard to advance and was passed into law late last year, complements this treaty well. The PATRIOT Act facilitates cooperation between the United States and foreign governments in the areas of information and intelligence sharing. With this Treaty now ratified and the PATRIOT Act made into law, the U.S. and Cyprus are in an excellent position to put an end to the evil and cowardly actions of terrorists everywhere.

In so many ways this Treaty will help the peoples of the free world work together to defeat terrorism. While it may have gone unnoticed, this new Treaty adds to the shared mission of the peoples of the Republic of Cyprus and the United States. It also builds on efforts with which I have been involved. Our Judiciary Committee considered and promoted the PATRIOT Act.

We must mention also the cooperation of the Cypriots' ally, Greece. Greece has put the very dangerous November 17th organization out of commission. Together Greece and Cyprus are working to crack down on terrorist groups.

Mr. Speaker, today I want to commend the U.S. and Cyprus for reaching a new era in diplomatic relations and international cooperation. Together, I am confident we can more effectively put a stop to the villainous acts of criminals and terrorists around the world. ____________________________________________________________________________ The information contained in this communication may be confidential, is intended only for the use of the recipient named above, and may be legally privileged. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, or copying of this communication, or any of its contents, is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please re-send this communication to the sender and delete the original message and any copy of it from your computer system. Thank you. For more information please visit us at http://www.piperrudnick.com ____________________________________________________________________________

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