Saturday, July 17, 2004

THE Cyprus Marine Police boats launched with anti-immigrant exercise

THE Cyprus Marine Police have been equipped with two modern coastguard vessels in their effort to combat international crime, Justice and Public Order Minister Doros Theodorou said yesterday at a launching ceremony at Limassol.

During the ceremony at the old port, Theodorou unveiled the names of the two Italian-made launches, Thiseas and Onisilos, in the presence of the Police Chief, deputies, local and Italian officials, who recently took part with their Cypriot colleagues in a control operation in the eastern Mediterranean codenamed ‘Nettuno’.

The capabilities of the two launches were displayed during a display in the old port area, with the participation of the police air wing. It included a simulation of an operation to locate and arrest illegal immigrants on board a vessel that was approaching the Cyprus coast.

“The new vessels complete the range of coastguards that the police maintain. From today, we can safely say that all our operational needs are being met,” the minister said.

He said a well-equipped Cyprus Marine Police “sends the signal that Cyprus is an active member of the common front to combat illegality in the European region”.

Police Chief Tasos Panayiotou said the two new coastguards “make the Cyprus police stronger and ready to offer even better services to the people and our country”.


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