The Cyprus Center for Land, Open-seas, and Port Security, CyCLOPS, in Larnaka, will be inaugurated today by US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland and Cyprus Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides.
CyCLOPS was constructed in the framework of bilateral cooperation between Cyprus and the US and is a training facility that serves Cyprus and the broader region, allowing the United States and our partners to provide technical assistance in more areas related to security and safety, including customs and exports control, port and maritime security, and cybersecurity.
The training facility will include a number of different hands-on training platforms, including a mock land border crossing, passenger screening area, and a mobile cyber security training lab, which will enable regional partners to learn best practices for securing critical infrastructure and to engage in cross border, counterproliferation cyber investigations.
Nuland, accompanied by FM Kasoulides and the Ukrainian Ambassador to Cyprus, will also be visiting the area by the medieval castle to pay tribute to a sculpture given to Larnaca by the port city of Odessa, after which official statements will be made to the press.
On Thursday morning, the US Undersecretary is scheduled to meet with President Nicos Anastasiades with whom she will discuss the Cyprus problem and the CBMs put forward by the President, a statement by the director of his press office said. Statements to the press are expected after.