Cyprus makes progress in the fight against terrorist financing, KNEWS

Cyprus has continued to make progress in strengthening banking efforts to combat terrorist financing, according to the State Department’s report on terrorism for 2020. Of terrorists, as well as their sponsors and financiers, according to the Department of ‘US state.

“The Republic of Cyprus scrapped the controversial plan to grant citizenship to investors in October, following revelations from Al Jazeera that showed widespread corruption in the application process.” The end of the program will help prevent terrorists and their sponsors and financiers to buy a European passport and have the better access to the EU’s financial systems that this implies. “

“it (the green line) is widely open to civilian crossings and remains an important gateway for human trafficking, drugs and smuggling.”

The report covers the Republic of Cyprus without reference to the occupied territories. The report also states that the Republic of Cyprus has worked closely with the United States, the EU and other countries, both bilaterally and multilaterally, to fight terrorism in 2020, on the basis of a international framework, adding that Cyprus is a member of the World Coalition. against the Islamic State.

The State Department also referred to the Green Line, noting that “it is widely open to civilian crossings and remains an important gateway for human trafficking, drugs and smuggling.” While noting that the division of the island hinders cooperation between the two communities and between the Republic of Cyprus and Turkey in the fight against terrorism because they do not maintain diplomatic relations.

According to the report, there were no terrorist incidents in Cyprus in 2020. Further, he said progress was being made in local legislation, law enforcement and border security, referring to the second anniversary the signing of the joint declaration of intent on security. Cooperation between the United States and the Republic of Cyprus

Reference was also made to the exchange of fingerprints as part of the US-Cypriot agreement for the prevention and fight against serious crime, as well as the memorandum of understanding signed in September 2020 by the ministers. of Foreign Affairs Mike Pompeo and Nikos Christodoulidis for the construction of K Maritime, Offshore and Port Security Borders (CYCLOPS).

As part of its efforts to combat terrorism, the United States donated an underwater camera system to Port and Marine Police, primarily for use in the Port of Limassol.

Other developments include the donation of equipment for a mobile laboratory to the Digital Security Authority, for forensic analyzes and cyber investigations. The report also mentions discussions on a bilateral pilot program aimed at improving the Republic of Cyprus’s controls on travelers and identifying criminals and terrorists, as well as training opportunities.

The State Department notes that despite significant successes against terrorism, terrorist groups continue to pose a threat internationally.

The COVID-19 pandemic has complicated the terrorist landscape, creating challenges and opportunities for terrorist groups, according to the report.

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