Nicosia.- Cyprus and Greece will further strengthen their cooperation on the training of police officers and firemen as well as on firefighting, the two countries competent ministers said on Friday after talks they had in Nicosia.
Justice and Public Order Minister Ionas Nicolaou and Greek Alternate Minister of the Interior Nicolaos Toskas also discussed issues concerning ways to address immigrant flows, terrorism and security at sea.
In statements after the meeting, Nicolaou said there is a “good proposal” on cooperation in the field of firefighting among southern European states, adding that this is an important initiative with which the Republic of Cyprus fully agrees.
He noted that Cyprus has expressed its intention to participate in this effort, adding that the goal is to improve the response of participating states with a view to effectively address severe incidents of fires.
On his part, Toskas noted that they agreed to intensify their efforts to secure EU funds and forces that can help in addressing natural disasters in south Europe.
In his statements Nicolaou said they discussed issues regarding the Trilateral Cooperation among Greece, Cyprus and Israel, immigration, terrorism, security at sea and firefighting tactics.
He said that both he and Toskas are determined to use existing potential at European level in issues concerning police security and firefighting.
On his part, Toskas said they cooperate in the best way possible, and recalled that during the summer of 2016 Greek firefighting aircraft flew to Cyprus and contributed to extinguishing a huge fire, while in the past aircraft from Cyprus helped Greece to address natural disasters and extinguish fires.