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Cyprus to put in place ‘draconian security’ for Lavrov, Kerry visits

Extra security on the streets since the Paris attacks

Draconian security measures are being taken by the police for separate visits in the coming week by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his US counterpart John Kerry, the Cyprus News Agency reported on Sunday.

Citing police sources, CNA said all security services were being mobilised for the visits of both foreign officials and a special coordination centre would operate while they were on the island.

Lavrov will be holding meetings on Wednesday and Kerry on Thursday.

Cyprus has already upped security after the Paris attacks two weeks ago with a more visible presence of armed officers on the streets.

On Monday, police will publish the list of roads that will remain closed during the movement of the Russian foreign minister so the public will be informed in advance. A similar one will be released closer to Kerry’s visit.

Lavrov will be received by both the president and the foreign minister. He will also meet the House president, and Archbishop Chrysostomos. As already announced, he will not be meeting the Turkish Cypriot leader who refused to attend a lunch in the buffer zone because Lavrov had declined to cross to the north.

Lavrov’s discussions in Cyprus are to focus on relations between Russia and the EU, the Cyprus issue, and the situation in Syria and the Middle East.

Kerry departs from Washington on November 30, for a Paris stop with President Barack Obama at the international summit on climate change.

He will then participate in a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels. On December 2 will travel to Pristina, Kosovo, for meetings with senior government officials and after that Belgrade for the OSCE Ministerial Council and meetings with representatives of civil society on December 3.

The same day Kerry will travel to Cyprus where, according to an announcement from the US state department he “will meet with senior Cypriot officials. He will also meet with Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders. ”

On December 4 Kerry travels on to Athens.

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