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EU, Middle East Nations look to train personnel at Cyprus security center

Three European Union member nations and three Middle Eastern countries are looking forward to training personnel in border areas, customs, maritime, and cybersecurity techniques at a high-end US-funded facility in Cyprus that is expected to be ready early next year, Cypriot foreign minister said on Thursday. 

The Cyprus Center for Land, Open Seas, and Port Security (CYCLOPS) is scheduled to start operating on 16th January 2022, Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides said after inspecting the under-construction facility with US ambassador Judith Garber.  

The minister said Cyprus was chosen for the center because the Mediterranean island nation is situated on the southeastern end of the EU and because it enjoys good relations with the nations in the Mideast. “Officials from neighbouring countries as well as from EU member states will receive the kind of training required to counter common threats of non-military nature,” he said. 

CYCLOPS will include state-of-the-art equipment and a mobile facility to train officials on how to best protect key infrastructure projects and conducting cyber investigations and border screening. 

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