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Government measures against terrorism

NATIONAL POLICY

Cyprus has not been confronted with any terrorist incidents and considers that the terrorist threat for the country remains low, despite the presence of the two British military bases and the Turkish occupation of the northern part of its territory.

Nonetheless, the Government of the Republic of Cyprus has included the fight against terrorism in its foreign policy priorities and is committed to join forces with other governments, bilaterally and multilaterally, to eliminate this scourge in all its forms and manifestations. For that purpose the Government, takes all the necessary measures in close co-operation with the other member states of the European Union and the international community in general.

Cyprus considers that the countering of terrorism should not be linked with any religion or civilization and should take place on the basis of respect of human rights and basic freedoms.


INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, although not directly involved in the implementation and enforcement of counter-terrorism measures, has a role in the general coordination and transmission of information to the relevant authorities of the Republic of Cyprus.

The relevant authorities for countering terrorism (The Ministry of Justice and Public Order, the Legal Service, the Unit for Combating Money Laundering [MOKAS], the Office for Combating Terrorism of the Cyprus Police (EU and International Co-operation Directorate), the Customs and Excise Department) cooperate closely for the adoption and implementation of the provisions of UN Security Council resolutions and the EU Common Positions and Council Regulations.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is actively involved in the formulation of Cyprus’ policy against terrorism at international level, both within the United Nations and the European Union. It also participates in the monthly Working Groups on Terrorism (COTER) and COCOP.


INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATION

United Nations Conventions on Terrorism
The Republic of Cyprus is a contracting party to the thirteen international conventions and protocols on terrorism. It has recently ratified the International Convention on the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism and supports the conclusion of the negotiations and the adoption of the Comprehensive Convention Against International Terrorism.

Cyprus is fully committed to the provisions of UN Security Council Resolution 1373(2001) in countering terrorism and regularly submits to the relevant Council Committees its Reports on the Measures taken to Combat Terrorism.

Further proof of Cyprus’ commitment in the fight against terrorism has been the country’s decision to join in June of 2007 the Global Initiative to Combat Acts of Nuclear Terrorism, initiated by Russia and the USA.

Measures in the European Union

Cyprus supports the EU priorities on combating terrorism and the objectives of the Counter-Terrorism Strategy e.g. to prevent radicalization and the recruitment to terrorism, protect citizens and infrastructure, disrupt existing networks and improve the response to the terrorist attacks.


INTERNATIONAL INSTRUMENTS- CYPRUS

UN CONVENTIONS ON TERRORISM

Convention on Offences and Certain Other Acts Committed on Board Aircraft
Tokyo, 14 September 1963

Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Seizure of Aircraft
The Hague, 16 December 1970

Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Civil Aviation
Montreal, 23 September 1971

Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes against Internationally Protected Persons, including Diplomatic Agents
New York, 14 December 1973

International Convention against the Taking of Hostages
New York, 17 December 1979

Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material, with Annexes
Vienna and New York, 3 March 1980

Protocol for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts of Violence at Airports Serving International Civil Aviation, supplementary to the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Civil Aviation,
Montreal, 24 February 1988

Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation
Rome, 10 March 1988

Protocol for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Fixed Platforms Located on the Continental Shelf
Rome, 10 March 1988

Convention on the Making of Plastic Explosives for the Purpose of Detection,
Montreal, 1 March 1991

International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings
New York, 15 December 1997

International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism
New York, 9 December 1999

International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism
New York 13 April 2005


COUNCIL OF EUROPE CONVENTIONS

European Convention on the Suppression of Terrorism
Strasbourg, 27 January 1977

Protocol Amending the European Convention on the Suppression of Terrorism
Strasbourg, 15 May 2003

European Convention on Extradition
Paris, 13 December 1957

Additional Protocol to the European Convention on Extradition
Strasbourg, 15 October 1975

Second Additional Protocol to the European Convention on Extradition
Strasbourg, 17 March 1978

European Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters
Strasbourg, 20 April 1959

Additional Protocol to the European Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters
Strasbourg, 17 March 1978

European Convention on the Compensation of Victims of Violent Crimes
Strasbourg, 24 November 1983

Convention on Cybercrime
Budapest, 23 November 2001

European Convention on Prevention of Terrorism
Warsaw, 16 May 2005

Revised Convention on Laundering, Search, Seizure and Confiscation of the Proceeds of Crime and on the Financing of Terrorism
Warsaw, 16 May 2005




Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs (February, 2008)


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