Cyprus and Italy underline joint commitment to cultural heritage protection

Officials from Cyprus and Italy underlined on Tuesday their joint commitment to protecting cultural heritage protection and combating illicit trade in cultural goods.

According to a Cyprus Police announcement, Police Chief Zacharias Chrysostomou met today in Nicosia with the Ambassador of Italy to Cyprus Andrea Cavallari and a delegation from the Carabinieri command for the protection of cultural heritage. During their meeting, they discussed illicit traffic and trade in cultural goods, and exchanged views on ways to combat these crimes.

Welcoming the Italian officials, Chrysostomou referred to the importance the Cyprus Police attaches to the protection of antiquities and cultural heritage in general.

The meeting took place on the sidelines of the 7th EUROMED international conference on digital heritage, taking place in Nicosia, with the participation of Italian officials.

Chrysostomou also commended the activity of the Carabinieri in protecting cultural heritage and said that through cooperation between their unit, the Cyprus Police aims at gaining more knowledge and expertise.

Initiatives such as the EUROMED conference are important for countries with rich history and cultural heritage, like Cyprus and Italy, said the Chief of Police.

The Italian Ambassador said from his part that the conference and their meeting provide the opportunity to renew their joint commitment for the continuation of efforts to combat illicit trade in cultural goods.

The Italian delegation also comprised of Colonel Alberto Deregibus, deputy commander of the Carabinieri Command for Cultural Heritage Protection, who said that the two police units have excellent cooperation, and are dedicated in their work.

Source: Cyprus News Agency