Cyprus and China sign agreement for extradition of fugitives

Cyprus and China have signed an agreement for the extradition of fugitives, which is expected to set sound foundations in bilateral cooperation for combatting crime.

The agreement was signed by Cypriot Minister of Justice and Public Order Ionas Nicolaou, who visited China from June 28 to July 3, and Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Yucheng.

During a meeting with Le Yucheng, Nicolaou referred to the excellent bilateral relations, and informed the Chinese official on the latest developments in the Cyprus problem, thanking China for its steadfast support, as a Permanent Member of the UN Security Council, in efforts to solve the Cyprus problem.

Nicolaou reaffirmed the government’s commitment to working towards a viable solution of the Cyprus problem.

Le Yucheng assured that China was ready to support the Republic of Cyprus in a new process to solve the Cyprus problem.

Furthermore, Nicolaou and Le Yucheng agreed to continue working on a pending agreement for the transfer of convicts and exchanged views on transborder crime and abductions. Nicolaou requested that specifically child abductions be addressed on their humanitarian basis.

Nicolaou also met with Chinese Minister of Justice Fu Zhenghua, with whom he discussed transborder forms of crime. He also invited his Chinese counterpart to visit Cyprus.

During his visit to China, Nicolaou met with Deputy Secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection Li Shulei, whom he invited to visit Cyprus, and Commission for Discipline Inspection Chief of Tianjin, Deng Xiuming. Nicolaou also represented Cyprus at the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation of Rule, on the sidelines of which he met inter alia with Special Assistant to the UN Secretary General, Lin Yang, and Serbian Minister of Justice Nela Kuburovic.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

Source: Cyprus News Agency