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The Cyprus Civil Defence is a department of the Ministry of Interior. Τhe operation of the Force today is governed by the Laws on Civil Defence of 1996 and 1998 and the Civil Defence (General) Regulations of 1997 until 2012. The Civil Defence is staffed by permanent personnel, a number of volunteers, and conscripts obligated to serve in the Civil Defence Force. The responsibility for determining the policy of the Force and coordinating its work and activity belongs to the General Civil Defense Administration (GEDPA). Five (5) District Administrations (PEDPA) appertain to GEDPA. These are Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca, Paphos and Famagusta.