The bicommunal contact office, which operates in the buffer zone under the remit of the Technical Committee on Crime, has handled over 3,000 cases on both sides of the divide, it emerged on Monday.
The office, staffed by two Turkish Cypriots and two Greek Cypriots, deals with issues relating to the committee’s terms of reference and humanitarian matters, such as locating people and stolen property, children taken by one of the parents, notification of relatives, and prevention of illegal immigration.
Between is creation in May 2009 December 2015, the office has handled 1,989 requests from the Greek Cypriot side and 1,402 from the Turkish Cypriots.
The bicommunal crime committee, as well as others, are aimed at building confidence between the two communities and tackle everyday problems faced by ordinary people.
The crime committee deals with issues like money laundering, road safety, people smuggling and trafficking, weapons and drugs smuggling, and terrorism.
In the eight years since it was set up, the committee has, among others, organised bicommunal seminars on money laundering, road safety, drugs, prevention of violence in the family, and high-risk adolescents.