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The Technical Committee on Criminal Affairs organized yesterday a bi-communal seminar entitled “Policing a federal country: challenges and benefits” with the participation of four experts from the USA, Britain and Australia. Two of the experts were from USA, one from Britain and one from Australia.

The opening speech of the seminar was given by the UN Secretary-General`s Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) Lisa Buttenheim, the Turkish Cypriot Coordinator of the Technical Committees Meltem Onurkan Samani and Co-Chairman of the Committee Hakkı Önen and Andreas Kapardis.

The experts shared their experiences with the members of the Technical Committee and the staff of the Contact Office in the UN-controlled buffer zone of Nicosia where the seminar was held.

The speakers shared their experiences and answered questions from the participants, focusing on the legal framework in their respective countries, the power of a federal police and their experiences.

The Technical Committee aims to promote confidence building measures and slowly to acquire experience of federal policing.

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