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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-11-08

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    Turkey and the Turkish-occupied northern areas of Cyprus are part of the route used by traffickers for transporting illegal immigrants to the government-controlled areas of Cyprus, Petros Kareklas, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice and Public Order has said. Addressing the 28th FBI NAA European Chapter Retraining Session, in Limassol on legal and illegal immigration, Kareklas recalled that as a consequence of the 1974 Turkish invasion of the island, almost 37% of the territory of the Republic of Cyprus is still occupied by the Turkish armed forces and as a result, the Government of the Republic does not exercise an effective control of the occupied areas. ``It should be also stressed that together with Turkey the occupied areas are part of the route used by traffickers who transport illegal immigrants into the Government controlled areas of the Republic of Cyprus``, he added.

    Referring to the globalised environment, Kareklas said that the opportunities provided nowadays facilitate the movement of persons and at the same time increase the level of migration, both legal and illegal. He added that Cyprus geographical position in the eastern Mediterranean region and at the crossroads of three continents renders it an important ally in the fight against international organised crime. ``The role of Cyprus against international crime is upgraded due to the fact that Cyprus is in the vicinity of areas with not very stable political and economic situations,`` he noted.

    Kareklas also said the Cyprus Ministry of Justice and Public Order, acknowledging the challenges posed by legal and illegal immigration and what these entail, and in close co-operation with other governmental authorities takes and implements all necessary measures to confront all the issues arising from these challenges. According to Kareklas, the Republic of Cyprus, as an EU Member State, in order to fulfill its obligations stemming from the relevant acquis, for developing an area of justice, freedom and security, as well as to prepare for future challenges both at European and global level, pursue and implement the European Union immigration policy.


    President of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) Manthos Mavrommatis has been elected Vice President of the Balkan Chambers for 2011 and President for 2012. Mavrommatis was elected during the General Assembly of the Balkan Chambers, which took place in Bosnia on November 4 and 5.

    The election of Mavrommatis is considered to be significant, since he will be President of the Balkan Chambers in 2012, when Cyprus will be holding the rotating EU presidency in the second half of the year.

    The General Assembly discussed the impact of the global financial crisis on Balkan countries and recovery measures.

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