The Technical Committee on Criminal Affairs organizes in February a bicommunal conference titled “Policing a federal country: challenges and benefits”. Experts from Australia and the USA will be invited to participate and share their experience on the issue.
In a statement to CNA, the Greek Cypriot co-chair of the Commission, Andros Kapardis said that the aim is to enrich our knowledge on policing and on the difficulties that should be expected if and when a solution to the Cyprus problem is reached and Cyprus becomes a federal state.
This is something new for us, Kapardis said and noted that the experience of the aforementioned countries is valuable. “Both communities stand to benefit from the experience of these countries which are known for their good federal constitutions and federal police”.
He also pointed out that this conference will also give food for thought within the current framework of peace talks. “We will not solve the Cyprus problem, but we wish to convey the message that when there is a will, there is way,” he said. The conference is being organised in the context of the confidence-building measures, Kapardis added. “A good federal police is very important,” he said.
He also noted that the Technical Committee operates the Contact Office which is located in the buffer zone in Nicosia. The conference will take place at the Contact Office but will not be open to the public, he explained.