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Cyprus to set up coastguard with Greek help

File photo: Marine police

The government said Thursday it planned to set up a coastguard in cooperation with Greece, which will initially provide the know-how.

The announcement was made on Thursday by Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou after a meeting with Greek Shipping Minister Panayiotis Kouroumblis.

The minister said the coastguard will assume all the duties of the marine police and any other additional tasks stemming from national or international agreements.

Nicolaou said a bill creating the new force was in the final stages.

The minister said Cypriot members of the coastguard will be trained in the same schools where Greeks trained. The aim, he added, was to have a programme of continuous training that will be attended by current marine police officers and future coastguard members.

The coastguard will be a separate force and will operate under its own legislation.

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