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Rede des zyprischen Justizministers Herrn Ionas Nikolaou

Die Rede hat das Press and Information Office of Cyprus netterweise zur Verfügung gestellt am 16. 06. 2016. Für all diejenigen, die daran interessiert sind zu erfahren, wie der Export der Republik Zypern aussieht, folgt nach der Rede zur Sicherheitslage – ebenfalls von der Press and Information Zyperns bereitgestellt – der Hinweis auf die entsprechende Webseite, wo diese Info abgerufen werden kann.

Der Sommer hat nun definitiv eingesetzt, der zyprische Sommer. Der Wind ist so heiß wie die Luft unmittelbar vor einem Backofen. Schlafen auf den Balkons ist daher angesagt. Stechmücken gibt es dank Chemie wenige. Man kann es also wagen, ohne Decke im Freien zu liegen?

Die sicherste Variante indes ist das allerdings nicht!

“ Your Excellencies,

Parliamentary Parties Representatives,
Honourable President of the Union of the Cyprus Communities,
Chief of the National Guard,
Representatives from the UN, the FBI, EUROPOL, CEPOL, S.S.C.A.T., SBA Police, and Microsoft,

Distinguished Guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is with great pleasure that I address today’s international conference, on behalf of the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, entitled “Counter-terrorism policies for Law Enforcement: International and Comparative Perspectives”. The conference, under the auspices of the President of the Republic, is organized by Cyprus Police with the participation of experts on terrorism issues.

Taking the opportunity, I would like to address a warm welcome, to the speakers of international status, who have travelled to Cyprus in order to share with us their knowledge and expertise, in a period of worldwide concern, as well as to the representatives of parliamentary parties, the foreign diplomatic missions’ representatives and the representatives of public services, for their presence here, today, demonstrating the state and European concern and alertness, in combating the terrorist threat.

The atrocious images of terrorist acts transmitted on a daily basis on our screens are shocking: the bloodshed in our neighboring countries, the nearly everyday attacks in Turkey, the recent attacks in the heart of Europe. Their aim is to impose terror and panic through murdering, bombing attacks or other terrorist acts and the killing of as many human lives as possible.

The terrorist propaganda evolving successfully through the social media has two targets; to attract more susceptible and prone individuals to enter well-known terrorist groups, and also to spread panic and insecurity amongst citizens. Unfortunately, the terrorist propaganda has succeeded its goal to some degree.

The threat does not only derive from the well-organized terrorist groups and their core, who have connections all over the world, but also from the “lone wolves”, who inspired by the terrorists’ call commit with any means they have, smaller-scale attacks, yet with losses and symbolism of the same degree.

Dealing with terrorism is one of the highest priorities set by this Government. Cyprus is fully aware of the asymmetric terrorist threat and dangers deriving from its geographical position, of the fact that it is close to war zones, of the activities of European and non-European foreign fighters, as well as of the presence of western and other foreign interests in Cyprus.

Although Cyprus does not confront the same size of the problem other EU member states have to deal with, we cannot overlook the fact that from 2012 to 2015, we had two convictions in Cyprus concerning cases linked to terrorist offences.

For this reason, we have moved on to design our Strategic Planning in the EU and UN frameworks, aiming at protecting the state and our citizens from this threat and at contributing as much as possible in the international effort to combat terrorism. The materialization of the national strategy is based on intergovernmental cooperation and its goal is to prevent radicalization, to protect the crucial premises and targets prone to terrorist attacks, to suppress and prevent on an early stage the terrorist plans, and to effectively prosecute law offenders. Another goal is to react and recover immediately after a terrorist act.

The exchange of information relating to suspect individuals, both amongst the national security authorities and amongst the security authorities of other states, should continue to be at the center of our efforts. Terrorism is a cross-border crime and the greatest possible coordination is needed in order to fight against it. Thus, we must put every possible effort to reinforce our cooperation in order to have the wishful outcome.

At this point, I would like to refer to the significant work accomplished by Europol and to the efforts that it undertakes for the maximum exchange of information, the co-operation, and also the co-ordination of member states, to combat this common threat.

Within this framework, we should also emphasize the importance of the correct use and maximum utilization of all available electronic databases and communication channels, showing at the same time, absolute respect for the protection of personal data and the safeguarding of human rights.

Of course, the information exchange and the co-operation should not only be limited with other member states. Cyprus has also developed collaboration on information exchange with countries outside the European Union, and specifically with neighboring countries such as Lebanon, Egypt and Israel, in order to deal with the common challenges posed by terrorism. Additionally, it has expanded its co-operation with strategic partners such as the USA, which besides the exchange of information, includes the provision of expertise, the exchange of best practices and joint training programmes and exercises.

In the framework of the measures taken to combat the increased threat of terrorism which has risen in the European Union as well as in Cyprus, especially in the aftermath of the terrorist incidents in Paris and Brussels, Cyprus, has implemented on a national level upgraded security measures at critical infrastructures, at targets, ports, marinas, airports, checkpoints and along the buffer zone, which are prone to terrorist attacks. These measures are evaluated on a regular basis and in accordance with the threat level assessment.

Additionally, the security authorities have ensured that the owners of possible targets such as places of entertainment, hotels and large shopping centers are alert, so that early intervention is reinforced when dealing with an incident.

As part of this effort, approximately 700 private security guards have been trained, while further training programmes are planned for members of local communities. These programmes will be led by Police Officers – Members of the Community Policing – a manner of policing that plays an important role in the prevention of crime and radicalization.

Undoubtedly, any efforts to combat the threat of terrorism are, inextricably linked to the prevention of radicalization. Our efforts should focus on vulnerable categories of individuals, and for this reason we have raised the awareness of frontline personnel, in services such as the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Social Welfare Services and the Prisons Department. The aim is to increase the vigilance of the relevant authorities for the identification of radicalized persons, but also to provide support to vulnerable individuals. I would like, at this point, to stress the significant skills acquired by the personnel of the above mentioned services, through their participation in programmes such the “Radicalisation Awareness Programme” and the S-SCAT seminars, through which they are being informed about best practices followed in other states.

Furthermore, being fully aware of the important role of local communities and civil society organizations, we have approached them through the Volunteer Commissioner, aiming at working together with them and coordinating for the development of programmes and actions that fight the rhetoric of hate, discrimination, xenophobia and racism which are likely to lead to radicalization phenomena. This aim is of course being fulfilled with the contribution of the Community Policing, which in recent years has been significantly upgraded and strengthened, as we have recognized the advantages that stem from having a close and direct relation with the citizens, not only for policing purposes, but also in order to raise their feeling of security.

On the occasion of today’s conference, I would like to send the message that the security authorities of the state, are and will remain alert, taking all necessary security measures, which are constantly being assessed, so that they are consistent with the levels of danger for terrorist acts. The development and continuous evaluation of the antiterrorist policy is one of the highest priorities of this Government, which is ready to take all necessary decisions, regardless of cost, so that the security of our country is strengthened to the highest degree possible, as part of an ongoing process.

To conclude with, I am certain that this conference will provide an additional opportunity to exchange views, experiences and best practices in the field, and also to reach conclusions that can be used in the immediate future.“

„The Statistical Service of Cyprus announces that it has published the new monthly electronic publication “Intra-Extra E.U. Trade Statistics (by commodity and country)”, for January-March 2016. It includes detailed quantity and value data on imports/arrivals and exports/dispatches of domestically produced goods and foreign goods classified by the sixth digit commodity code and by partner country.

The monthly electronic publication “Intra-Extra E.U. Trade Statistics (by commodity and country)” for January – March 2016 is available for download free of charge from the website of the Statistical Service http://www.mof.gov.cy/cystat, under the section “Publications”.“

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