(As prepared for delivery)
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf
January 4, 2021
It is an honor for me to be here today to help break ground on the Cyprus Center for Land, Open-Seas, and Port Security, known as CYCLOPS. Thank you to Foreign Minister Christodoulides, and to the Republic of Cyprus, for partnering with us on this project.
This $5 million training facility donated by the United States will be owned and operated by the Republic of Cyprus and will allow international partners to train in a dedicated facility with cutting edge equipment. Here, experts from the region will receive state of the art instruction in border security, customs and export controls, port and maritime security, and cybersecurity.
A mobile cyber security training laboratory will allow regional partners to learn best practices to secure their critical infrastructure and engage in cross-border cyber investigations. These training platforms will serve as a hub that works in close association with partner countries in the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and elsewhere.
The CYCLOPS center is just one important result of continuing American engagement in the Eastern Mediterranean region and of the strong relationship between the United States and the Republic of Cyprus. We look forward to continuing our security partnership with the Republic of Cyprus and the region in the coming years.