Justice Minister discusses cooperation with Greece to combat terrorism, organised crime and cyber-security

Terrorism, organised crime and cyber-security have been the focus of Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou’s contacts in Athens, Greece, who said that in the past two years, the two countries have been discussing ways to combat terrorism.

Speaking to the press on Wednesday, at the Presidential Palace, after a Cabinet meeting, Nicolaou said that at yesterday’s meeting with the Greek Alternate Citizens’ Protection Minister Nikos Toskas, they discussed terrorism, organised crime, cyber security and stressed the need for more specialised knowledge and ways to address these challenges.

Through this, we essentially succeed in responding in the best possible manner to these obligations he noted, adding that they also discussed cooperation in firefighting and the proposal to set up a common fleet that would respond to the needs of Israel, Cyprus and Greece.

According to Nicolaou, the Finance Ministry has been preparing a study to submit a proposal to be discussed with Israel in order to realise this idea.

The authorities are considering the possibility of renting a number of aircraft, through tenders, which will be stationed at the three countries and are also looking into the possibility of buying these services when the need arises.

I believe that the study will reveal that this is the most economical solution but also the most effective as the fleet will increase in relation to what we currently have at our disposal or what we gather through our cooperation with Israel and Greece Nicolaou noted.

The Minister added that upgrading training programs for the police and the fire service is imperative and recalled the signing of two protocols of cooperation with the Greek authorities last year to that end.

In this way, we intend to upgrade the level of education and, in particular, to give Cypriot policemen and firefighters the opportunity to acquire the necessary know-how and scientific knowledge on very specialised issues he said.

The Minister referred to another protocol of cooperation signed with the University of Cyprus providing for a six-month training for newly recruited policemen and firefighters at the University.

Source: Cyprus News Agency