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We welcome you to the website of the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus to the Kingdom of The Netherlands. The purpose of our website is to provide information on the political, economic, cultural, and social life of Cyprus and on the services which the embassy provides to the public of the Netherlands, whether it be general, travel regulations, visa requirements, etc., as well as to our own citizens.
The website is accordingly composed of various sections regarding for instance our Foreign Policy, the Cyprus problem and its various aspects as well as the efforts aimed for its solution, the E.U. affairs, tourism and consular matters. It also provides useful links to websites of the government and to other relevant sites. Our latest news section is updated weekly to provide you with information on the latest developments in Cyprus.
We hope you find our website useful and that it will also give you a glimpse of Cyprus, an island country in the eastern Mediterranean, which is steeped in history and legend and will further your interest in our country.
All of us at the Embassy remain at your service and would welcome your comments on our website which is designed to meet your needs and interests. Yours Sincerely,Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus

16 December 2015

Signing of the Agreement on the Status and Functions of the International Commission on Missing Persons

The Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus in The Hague, Mr Elpidoforos Economou, signed, on behalf of the Government, the Agreement on the Status and Functions of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), during a ceremony hosted at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, on 14 December 2015.

The Republic of Cyprus is thus one of the eight original signatories states of the Agreement, which has also been signed by Chile during the same ceremony, and previously by the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom, Sweden and El Salvador.

The Agreement establishes the ICMP as an international organization with full international legal personality and tasked with assisting countries in their efforts to address cases of missing persons. It does not create new international obligations for signatory states. The ICMP was created in 1996 and was successful in accounting the fate of numerous missing persons in the countries of the Western Balkans. It has also cooperated with the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) in making DNA-based identifications of Cypriot missing persons during the period 2012-2014.

In his address, Ambassador Economou stressed, inter alia, that “painful national experiences have helped us appreciate the importance of enhancing international cooperation and exchanging best practices for the cause of missing persons globally”. He also assured that “ICMP can count on Cyprus’ support in the global effort to promote justice and to alleviate the suffering of the missing persons and their families”.

ICMP Director-General, Mrs Kathryne Bomberger, warmly welcomed the Republic of Cyprus and added that she “looks forward to working with Cyprus to explore options to enhance its efforts to account for missing persons and to secure the rights of families of the missing to truth and justice”.

07 December 2015

The Permanent Secretary participated at the meeting EU State Secretaries and Secretaries General in Amsterdam in view of the Netherlands’s Presidency of the Council of the EU

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Alexandros N. Zenon, participated at the meeting of EU States Secretaries and Secretaries Generals in Amsterdam on November 30 and December 1, 2015. The meeting took place in view of the Netherlands’s Presidency of the Council of the EU in the first semester of 2016. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands Mr. Koenders presented the priorities of the EU Presidency. The four main priorities are: (1) Europe as innovator and job creator, (2) An integral approach to migration and international security, (3) Solid and future proof of European finances and a robust Eurozone, and (4) A climate and energy policy that is looking ahead. The participants also exchanged views on the review EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy and on the operation of the European External Action Service.

12 October 2015

Ambassador Kouros' article in Diplomat Magazine

Kyriacos Kouros' Dutch experiences

07 September 2015

The Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus in the Hague cordially invites you to attend the screening of the Cypriot film “KALABUSH” in the framework of the 2nd edition of the European Film Festival 2015.

Date: Saturday, 19th September 2015

Time: Refreshments will be served at 16.30 hours. The film will start at 17:00 hours.

Venue: Europe Direct Amsterdam, Oosterdokskade 143, 1011DL, Amsterdam.

Entrance: FREE

Plot: An illegal migrant arrives in Cyprus, thinking he is in Italy. The story evolves around him, involving people who live in the margins society, and a veil of hypocrisy is created.

Awards: The film has travelled the festival circuit, screened in theaters in New York, Brussels, Northern Ireland, Beirut and Thessaloniki and garnered many awards: Best Leading Actor Award, Thessaloniki Film Festival, 2003; Best Comedy Αward, New York Independent Film Festival, 2004; Seagate Foyle Film Festival, Northern Ireland (competition), 2005; Beirut European Film Festival, Lebanon, 2005; Eurocine 2005, Brussels, Belgium 2005.

Please register and reserve your seats for the screening at the following electronic addresses: or

The film will be screened with English subtitles.

03 September 2015

INVITATION TO A SEMINAR: From Ratification to action: The Importance of Full Implementation of the Rome Statue - 16 September 2015

The Hague Institute for Global Justice together with the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus and theEmbassy of the Kingdom of Denmark in The Hague, the two co-Focal Points of the Assembly of States Parties on the Plan of Action for achieving universality and full implementation of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, cordially invite you on a seminar entitled:

“From ratification to action: The Importance of Full Implementation of the Rome Statute"

As part of the seminar, Judge Silvia Alejandra Fernández de Gurmendi, President of the International Criminal Court, will deliver the keynote address, followed by a panel discussion of distinguished experts (list to be announced shortly) who will discuss different aspects of the need for full implementation of the Statute for the functioning of the Rome Statute System, including national and regional perspectives, cooperation and complementarity as well as common obstacles and practical solutions.

Date: Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Time: 15:00 – 17:00

A reception will follow

Location: The Hague Institute for Global Justice, Sophialaan 10

19 July 2015

Memorial service for the Cypriots who were killed during the 1974 coup d’état and Turkish invasion in Cyprus at the Holy Cathedral Church of Saint Nikolaos in Rotterdam, 19 July 2015

On Sunday July 19th 2015, a national memorial service for those who were killed during the 1974 coup d’état and the subsequent Turkish invasion was held at the Holy Cathedral Church of Saint Nicolas in Rotterdam, for a second consecutive year in the Netherlands. His Grace Bishop Porfyrios of Neapolis, Head of the Representation of the Church of Cyprus to the European Union, presided of the Divine Liturgy as well as of the commemoration service. The memorial speech was delivered by H.E. the Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Dr. Kyriacós Kouros. Numerous Cypriots and Greeks who are residents of the Netherlands attended the memorial service. The service was followed by a short gathering at the House of the Union of the Greeks in the Netherlands.

17 July 2015

“The International Criminal Court Deserves Better”, Article co- signed by sixteen Ministers of Foreign Affairs, including the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr. Ioannis Kasoulides on the occasion of the 2015 International Criminal Justice Day.

On July 17, we celebrate "International Justice Day." On this day in 1998, the International Criminal Court (ICC) was founded -- a milestone in the fight against impunity for the worst crimes known to mankind: genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression. The idea of a permanent, independent, international court that would hold individuals, including leaders, to account for such crimes was long considered utopian. Indeed, the creation of the Court itself was nothing less than a miracle of diplomacy supported by civil society all over the world.

But we should look beyond the miracle of its creation and judge this institution by its achievements. International criminal justice remains a work in progress. The Court frequently has to navigate political minefields as it investigates those most responsible for atrocity crimes, while upholding the highest standards of due process and giving countless victims a voice. The Court's independent judicial machinery is staying the course. It has completed three cases and proven its effectiveness. Its deterrent effect has been empirically demonstrated: some potential perpetrators have shied away from committing crimes. As UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon put it, "the old era of impunity is over. In its place, slowly but surely, we are witnessing the birth of a new Age of Accountability." Almost two thirds of all UN member states have joined the Court.

But difficulties persist. Twelve warrants of arrest issued by the ICC remain unexecuted. This includes the one against President Al Bashir of Sudan, who has yet to answer for unspeakable crimes that continue to terrorize the civilian population of Darfur. His recent close escape from justice in South Africa made headlines worldwide and fueled the rhetorical fires of doubters and detractors of the Court.

What these critics tend to forget, however, is that the ICC does not have the same enforcement tools as national courts. There is no ICC police force chasing high-profile fugitives in every corner of the world. The failure of the outstanding arrest warrants lies at the feet of states that are not meeting their responsibility to execute them. It is not a failure of the Court.

Critics also charge that the Court is selective, prosecuting the crimes of some -- especially in Africa -- while ignoring those of others. But the fact remains that most investigations in Africa have been requested by the states themselves. And the Court cannot investigate crimes outside of its jurisdiction. The perception of selectivity would quickly vanish if all countries that have not yet accepted the Court's jurisdiction were to come on board. Until then, the responsibility to prevent impunity lies with the UN Security Council. It has the power to authorize ICC investigations anywhere in the world. It can do so in places where horrific crimes are committed on a daily basis -- but the victims in Syria and North Korea, to name just two current crises, have been waiting for action by the Council way too long already.

History has been defined by war and conflict, with little regard for the laws of war and protection of civilians. The greater the atrocity, the greater the likelihood that the perpetrators would go unpunished. In the grand scheme of things, the Court is still young. And it needs our help. It is not the ICC's job to respond to politically motivated attacks, but ours. In standing up to these attacks, we stand with the victims of the worst crimes under international law.

The perpetrators of these crimes must ultimately be brought to justice and face the victims of their actions. This should not be the exception, but the rule. We recognize the political and practical challenges of prosecuting high-level perpetrators for complex crimes. We recognize that the timing of justice also needs to be considered when pursuing peace. But we are determined to ensure that, in due time, justice catches up with those who have committed crimes that deeply shock the conscience of humanity. Without justice, there can be no inclusive and lasting peace.

That is why we call on fellow politicians and on all citizens to use their voices to help: join the ICC. Let us end cycles of violence through the rule of law. Those committing crimes must be brought to justice -- before national courts, or, where these courts are unwilling or unable, the ICC. If we fail, it is not the failure of the ICC as an institution, but a failing of humanity.

After the Holocaust, Rwanda and Srebrenica, we said "never again." We need more than words: we need action. This is our call to action.

Undersigned by the following Ministers:
Jean Asselborn, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Luxembourg
Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia
Børge Brende, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Norway
Didier Burkhalter, Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland
Karl Erjavec, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia
Aurelia Frick, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Liechtenstein
Kristian Jensen, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Denmark
Ioannis Kasoulides, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus
Sebastian Kurz, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Austria
Manuel González Sanz, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica
Grzegorz Schetyna, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland
Timo Soini, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland
Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Botswana
Margot Wallström, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden
Lubomír Zaorálek, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

New items

14 July 2015

Ambassador meets students of The Hague Academy of International Law

On 14 July 2015 Ambassador Kyriacós P. Kouros hosted at the Embassy of Cyprus a group of students of The Hague Academy of International Law. Ambassador Kouros presented a general overview of diplomacy from the perspective of Cyprus, the history and latest developments on the Cyprus Question and on Cyprus economy. The Ambassador described the work and the priorities of the Embassy of Cyprus in The Hague both on the bilateral and multilateral level. In respect to the latter, he explained the Embassy’s work representing Cyprus in the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the International Courts and Legal Organizations and Institutions based in The Hague.

22 June 2015

The Minister of Agriculture participated in international conference “No More Food To Waste”

The Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment, Mr Nicos Kouyialis, participated, on 18 June, in the deliberations of the High Level Segment of the international conference “No More Food To Waste – Global action to stop food losses and food waste” in the Hague. The conference was hosted by the Government of the Netherlands, in cooperation with the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the African Union Commission (AUC).

In his intervention Minister Kouyialis said Cyprus has taken up the initiative to set up a Working Group which has prepared a working document to mitigate food loss and food waste. The document contains proposals on measures to minimize food waste as well as proposals for farmers’ training in field loss prevention and optimization of postharvest handling of agricultural output. He further said the Ministry aims to promote the consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables and the reuse of surpluses of food, such as animal food or bio-fuels.

On the sidelines of the Conference, Minister Kouyialis visited the UNESCO IHE Institute, the largest international water education facility in the world. During his visit he met with prominent academics specializing in desalination, irrigation, water management and waste management. The two parties agreed to examine the possibility of collaboration between the Ministry and the Institute through a specialized programme to be prepared by the Institute regarding water management.

During his stay in the Hague, Mr Kouyialis also met with the Minister for Agriculture of the Netherlands, Ms Sharon Dijksma, with whom they discussed issues of mutual interest.

05 June 2015

President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades inaugurated the Dutch VTTI Vasilikos Ltd Terminal on 29 May 2015.

President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades inaugurated the Dutch VTTI Vasilikos Ltd Terminal for the storage and management of petroleum products on 29 May 2015.
“The VTTI Terminal is in line with the VTTI BV Dutch company’s vision and also our own, to create a hub for trading petroleum products in the strategically important region of the Eastern Mediterranean,” the President said. The Terminal is the largest private energy project ever constructed in the Republic of Cyprus until now.

The President continued: “In periods of economic recession, projects of such magnitude are rarely if ever executed. But the VTTI company’s Terminal, a project of 300 million euros, is here and in operation, reminding everyone that Cyprus is not only standing on its feet but will move forward and reach the success it deserves”.

20 May 2015

Ambassador of Cyprus signs the International Energy Charter in the Hague


The Hague - Ambassador of Cyprus is signing the International Energy Charter (center), DG Mark Dierikx, Ministry of Economic Affairs (right) and Mr Patrice Dreiski, Energy Charter Secreteriat (left)

Τhe Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to the Kingdom of the Netherlands H.E. Dr. Kyriacós Kouros signed on May 20 2015 the International Energy Charter on behalf of the Republic of Cyprus, during the Ministerial Conference on the Charter that was organized by the Government of the Netherlands and the Energy Charter Secretariat and took place in the Hague. The International Energy Charter was adopted by 73 countries from various geographic regions and the European Commission. The Conference was also attended by representatives of other international organizations and included High-Level Business Event on “Investing in Energy”.

The International Energy Charter is a political declaration that defines common principles for international cooperation in the field of energy. The International Energy Charter reconfirms and modernizes the principles of the 1991 European Energy Charter and 1994 Energy Charter Treaty which the Republic of Cyprus ratified in 1997.

In his address, Ambassador Kouros expresses the full support of the Republic of Cyprus to the International Energy Charter and its aims. He also stressed that: “The recent discoveries of sizeable quantities of natural gas in the Eastern Mediterranean require the cooperation of all countries in the region in order to demonstrate the role of the region as a new natural gas supply corridor for Europe and elsewhere. The International Energy Charter […] is an appropriate framework for this cooperation by enhancing confidence for investment and trade.”

30 April 2015

Ambassador of Cyprus attended the special meeting of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in Ieper, Belgium

H.E. Ambassador dr. K. Kouros attended the special meeting of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in Ieper, Belgium on 22 April 2015, commemorating the hundredth anniversary of the first large-scale use of chemical weapons during World War I. At this meeting the 190 States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention issued a declaration reaffirming their commitment against chemical weapons and condemns their use under any circumstances by anyone.

20 April 2015

Participation of the Republic of Cyprus to the Global Conference on CyberSpace, The Hague (16-17 April 2015)

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Communications and Works Mr. Alecos Michaelides was the Head of the Cypriot delegation to the Global Conference on CyberSpace which took place in The Hague on 16-17 April 2015. Mr. Michaelides was officially welcomed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands Mr. Bert Koenders (picture). Τhe Commissioner of Electronic Communications and Postal Regulation (CECPR) Mr. George Michaelides, the Director of the Office of CECPR Dr. Neophytos Papadopoulos and a representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were also members of the Cypriot delegation.

Freedom, Growth and Security in CyberSpace were that main themes of this fourth Global Conference on CyberSpace. The interactive sessions of the Conference focused in promoting practical cooperation, capacity building and knowledge exchange among the stakeholders and in discussing norms for responsible behavior in CyberSpace.

The participants to the Conference included delegations of almost 100 countries, high ranking officials of international organizations, representatives of NGOs, companies and the academia (

After the conclusion of the Conference, the Cypriot delegation visited and was guided to the premises of the European Space Research and Technology Center (ESTEC) of the European Space Agency (ESA) in Noordwijk. The visit reaffirmed the strong interest of the Republic of Cyprus for enhancing its cooperation with ESA.

19 April 2015


The Open University of Cyprus welcomes applications for the 2015-2016 Academic Year

The Open University of Cyprus (OUC) has broadened the range of disciplines covered by its Faculties, adding four new programmes of study for the academic year 2015-2016. Prospective students can apply for the 24 programmes offered in total for 2015-2016, from February 26 to April 23, 2015, electronically, via the University’s website

For the 2015-2016 academic year, the Open University of Cyprus will offer three bachelor’s degree and 21 Master’s degree programmes – 17 with Greek as the language of instruction and four offered in English. Moreover, OUC offers positions for PhD students in several scientific areas. Apart from the programmes leading to degrees, prospective students can apply for the Online Social Media Seminars offered for the 2015-2016 academic year.
The four new Master’s degree programmes offered by OUC have theoretical and practical orientation and meet the needs of the economy and the labor market. Three programmes are joint Master’s degree programmes, offered in English and in collaboration with other Universities, within the framework of the coordinating role assumed by the Open University of Cyprus in distance education in Cyprus. Specifically, the postgraduate programme «Enterprise Risk Management» will be offered jointly with the Hellenic Open University, the Master’s degree in «International Hospitality and Tourism Management» is offered in cooperation with the Cyprus University of Technology, while the programme «Sustainable Energy Systems» will be offered jointly with the Frederick University. The fourth new Master’s degree programme offered by the Open University of Cyprus is «Computer and Network Security», which is available in Greek.
Prospective students can obtain information on entry requirements as well as on the content of all programmes of study on OUC’s website

Building on its proud origins in 2002, as the country’s only University dedicated to distance teaching, OUC is growing quickly in academic stature and overall reputation. This reputation has been achieved based on its impressive growth in terms of academic programmes, the quality of its achievements in teaching and research and its expanding role in tertiary education in Cyprus and beyond. OUC aspires to distinguish itself in the Cypriot and broader European higher education area as an innovative university, with strong partnerships with other universities, and a coordinating role in distance education in Cyprus.
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17 March 2015

Lecture by H.E. Ambassador Kyriacós Kouros at UvA on Friday 20 March 2015

The Faculty of Modern Greek and Byzantine Studies of the University of Amsterdam and the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus
cordially invite you to a lecture (in English) given by H.E. Ambassador Kyriacós Kouros entitled:

The perseverance of the situation in Cyprus: another failure of the post-WW II’s ‘new’ world order?

To be held at Doelenzaal in the University Library (U.B.), Singel 425, 1012 WP, Amsterdam
On Friday 20 March 2015, at 15:30

Refreshments will be served following the lecture at the Doelenzaal Foyer
Participation is free of charge

Tel: 020 5252610 (working days 10.00-17.00hrs)

In this lecture Dr. Kouros will discuss the latest developments on the Cyprus issue, covering the period from February 2014 to the present with emphasis on the future perspectives. He will mainly discuss the current problems of the country and the importance of natural gas in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Cyprus. Dr. Kouros will also pay attention to some other relevant developments in the region and he will expand on the topic in a broader context. Moreover, he will refer to the following topics: the origin of the Cyprus issue in the 50’s; the various initiatives undertaken during the last 40 years to reach a solution to the Cyprus issue; the position of the EU towards a possible accession of Turkey to the European Union and the connection of this process to the Cyprus issue.

25 February 2015

Mois de la langue française et de la Francophonie 2015- Participation de l’ Ambassade de la République de Chypre aux Pays-Bas

20 February 2015

Scholarships to Cypriots residing overseas

The University of Cyprus MBA Program will offer 6 (six) scholarships to Cypriots residing overseas who will be admitted to the Program in September 2015. Tuition fees are currently 10,250 Euros. The scholarships offered to Cypriot citizens living abroad are:

  • 6 50% scholarships up to €5.125
The MBA Program of the University of Cyprus offers a unique MBA learning experience and has established itself as the premier program in the region, creating leaders with vision in a dynamic global environment. This is achieved by bringing together promising individuals into a stimulating academic environment that encourages the transformation of ideas into business realities.
The Program offers a unique academic culture that promotes the exchange of ideas through innovative teaching methods and state-of-the-art methodologies, and delivers individuals capable of promoting new business paradigms. The aim of the Program is the enable participants to become agents of change and implant new ideas into their organizations and the broader society. The duration of the Full-time MBA Program is twelve months and it is offered in English.
The criteria for the above scholarships include the following:
  • Degree from a recognized academic institution or equivalent and excellent academic performance which may also be demonstrated through GMAT or GRE exams.
  • Three years of full-time work experience, unless in exceptional cases where applicants can demonstrate significant potential for leadership and superior academic performance.
  • Proficiency in English must be demonstrated through one of the following: TOEFL or IELTS or GCE or equivalent (unless candidates hold a degree from an English speaking institution).
  • Two recommendations from academics or people who are familiar with the work of the candidate.
  • Successful completion of personal interview and assessment exam to evaluate contribution potential to the program

Additional information about the MBA program can be found on the Program’s or can be obtained from the MBA Office at +35722893600 or

17 February 2015

6th NEMITSAS Prize 2015

The Board of Directors announces that the NEMITSAS Prize 2015 will be awarded in


The Prize will be awarded by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Cyprus at the Presidential Palace around early October 2015. (The precise date will be announced later.)

Applications or Nominations will be accepted from 1st April, 2015 through 30th April, 2015. Electronic submission (via email) is preferred. A typed A4 letter is also acceptable. To be considered, it must be received no later than 12.00 noon on the 30th April 2015.
Attached evidence that the applicant/nominee is of Cypriot origin is required.

The Prize consists of:

    • The Award Certificate
    • The Gold Medal
    • Monetary Award of €30.000.
(In case more than one applicant is selected, the Monetary Award will be split equally among the Laureates.)


Applications for the Prize may be submitted as follows:

1st By the interested artists who may complete the Application Form.
2nd By two recognized Experts in the field of Visual Arts, who may nominate an artist by completing the Application Form themselves.

08 January 2015

Announcement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemning a terrorist attack on a French satirical magazine

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus condemns today’s terrorist attack on the French satirical magazine “Charlie Hebdo”, in which twelve people were killed and five seriously wounded. It is a heinous act of utmost concern to the international community and to all EU member states. Ιt is a reminder that terrorism has no boundaries or geographical limitations. It is an attack against the media and freedom of expression, to which the world community should react. We stand by the French Government in its efforts to effectively address terrorism and bring the perpetrators before justice. We express our deepest condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims and to the French people. - 07.01.2015

09 December 2014


Madame Chairperson,
Mr. Director-General,
Distinguished delegates,
Ladies and gentlemen,
At the outset I would like to congratulate and wish every success to Ambassador Vesela Mrden Korac in executing her duties as the Chair of the Conference of State Parties. I would also like to express our deep appreciation to the outgoing Chairperson Ambassador Sa’ad Abdul Majeed Ibrahim Al-Ali, the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Executive Council, as well to the Facilitators for their very significant work for the benefit of the OPCW and all its member states.
Moreover, I wish to express our sincere appreciation to the OPCW Director- General_r.Ahmet Üzümcü for his hard work and dedication to the lofty objectives of this Organisation, as well as all the personnel of the OPCW Technical Secretariat for their dedication to the principles of the Convention. I also wish to all the delegations a productive Conference.
The Republic of Cyprus aligns itself with the statement of the distinguished representative of the European Union. Madame Chairperson, Cyprus is a staunch supporter of the OPCW since its outset. It signed the Chemical
Weapons Convention in 1993 and ratified and acceded to it in 1998. We remain committed to the OPCW mission and values and we fully share the vision of a world free of chemical weapons. The year 2015 will mark the centennial of the first large-scale use of chemical weapons in Ieper, Belgium. This commemoration offers an opportunity to remember the horrors of Ieper and other cities and countries that suffered chemical weapons attacks; to pay respect to all the victims of chemical weapons; to reflect on the significant progress since then in the collective effort for the elimination of chemical weapons and on the reasons for the formation of the OPCW. Unfortunately, the Syrian crisis reminds us that the use of chemical weapons does not remain a horrifying chapter in the history of humankind. We should therefore remain vigilant until we achieve the full elimination of chemical weapons. Madame Chairperson,
The Third Review Conference has provided the necessary guidance for the work of the Organization for the period ahead of us. We should concentrate on the practical implementation of that guidance and on the effort to ensure that the OPCW will adjust to the challenges and developments in the contemporary and future security environment. For example, one such important initiative was presented by the delegation of Germany at the 46th Meeting of the Executive Council and refers to a “New Ethical and Moral Guideline for Chemists”. The destruction of the Syrian chemical weapons constitutes a landmark to the history of this Organization and a collective achievement of multilateral diplomacy. The OPCW and UN staff has demonstrated perseverance and courage under very difficult security conditions and we therefore reiterate our respect to their dedication and their work. We should all be grateful to the countries that contributed financially or in kind to this historic operation. The Republic of Cyprus is part of this collective multilateral effort as the host country of the support base of the OPCW-UN Joint Mission, while it has also offered infrastructure and facilities to other States which contributed to the destruction of theSyria’ s chemical weapons. As an extremely close neighboring country with a great interest to the stability and security of the Eastern Mediterranean we remain willing to help and cooperate with the OPCW on its remaining efforts on this issue, if need arises. Madame Chairperson, Despite the significant progress achieved on the destruction of the Syrian chemical weapons, serious issues remain outstanding. Our hope is that the destruction of the 12 Chemical Weapon Production Facilities will proceed as soon as possible, while at the same time safeguarding the security of the involved personnel. We also call for the full cooperation of Syrian Arab Republic with the OPCW Declaration Assessment Team. More importantly, the conclusions of the second report of the OPCW Fact Finding Mission remain a cause of serious concern. The Republic of Cyprus unequivocally condemns the use of chemical weapons by any party under any circumstances and holds that those responsible should be held accountable. We therefore support the decision of the Director-General for the continuation of the work of the Fact-Finding Mission. This Conference will also address issues of great importance for the operation of this Organisation in the coming year, such as its Program and Budget for 2015, as well as the more long-term vision for the future of this Organization. The Conference will also reflect on the significant efforts for achieving the full universality of the Convention, the equally important OPCW Programme for Africa, as well as the destruction of existing stockpiles of chemical weapons. We look forward for a productive discussion of all the issues in the agenda of the Conference. In ending, I request that this statement is circulated as an official document of the Nineteenth Conference of the States Parties and to be published on the OPCW website and extranet.
Thank you

10 November 2014

Invitation to the Exhibition: "Violated Beauty: Tragedy and Meaning of the Iconostasis of Cyprus", Domkerk, Utrecht, November 30th 2014

Τhe Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus in the Kingdom of the Netherlands wishes to inform you about the opening of the exhibition of the acclaimed Cypriot painter Mr. Lefteris Olympios: “Violated Beauty. Tragedy and Meaning of the Iconostasis of Cyprus” at Domkerk, Utrecht on Sunday, November 30 2014 at 12:15 UUR. An invitation to the exhibition is attached herewith.
Mr. Olympios lives and works in Amsterdam since 1984 and his works are exhibited regularly in galleries and museums in the Netherlands, Cyprus and Greece.
The exhibition is organized by the Exhibition Committee Domkerk and will last until January 6, 2015. More information about Domkerk is available at

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13 October 2014

The President of the House of Representatives receives the President of the Dutch Senate

The President of the House of Representatives, Mr Yiannakis L. Omirou, received today the President of the Senate of the Netherlands, Mrs Ankie Broekers-Knol, who is paying an official visit to Cyprus at his invitation.
Speaking to the Press after the meeting, the President of the House of Representatives said he and his interlocutor had the opportunity to exchange views on the situation in the region, noting that they shared common concern over the actions of the Islamic State. He also said he explained to his Dutch colleague that Cyprus is making efforts for stability, security and cooperation in the wider region.
Mr Omirou further said he informed Mrs Broekers-Knol on the Turkish challenges in the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Republic of Cyprus, “which undermine peace, security and stability in the region, and that we look towards the European Union, of which the Netherlands is a member state, to defend the Republic of Cyprus’ sovereign rights, since the Law of the Sea is part of the EU acquis communautaire”.
Regarding the Cyprus problem, the President of the House said he outlined the Greek Cypriot side’s positions, calling for a solution on the basis of the UN resolutions and the principles and values on which the EU is founded. “Madame President listened carefully to our views and expressed her views, which certainly fall within the European spirit, the principles and values of the EU”.
Lastly, Mr Omirou said they decided to work for the further reinforcement of parliamentary relations between Cyprus and the Netherlands.
For her part, the President of the Senate of the Netherlands noted the following:

“First of all I would like to thank the President of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Omirou, for the invitation to visit the Parliament and the Republic of Cyprus. My visit confirms the good bilateral relations between the Netherlands and the Republic of Cyprus both politically, economically and between our people.
As Mr Omirou just stated we had a very conducive and interesting meeting. We discussed various issues, such as the situation in the region, the Cyprus problem and the economy. I am fully aware that the economic crisis hit the Cypriot people very hard and I commended the way Cyprus and its people have dealt with the crisis so far.
Where the Republic of Cyprus can look back on the excellent chairmanship of the European Union in 2012, the Netherlands looks forward to 2016. Both the Senate and the House of Representatives have started preparations for the parliamentary conferences.
On behalf of the Parliament of the Netherlands we hope to welcome Representatives of the Parliament of Cyprus in our country."

09 October 2014

Dutch Senate President commends Cyprus during her visit

During her visit to Cyprus from 8 to 10 October the Dutch Senate President, mrs Ankie Bloemers-Knol, commended Cyprus and its people for the way they have dealt with the economic crisis so far. Her visit to the Republic of Cyprus confirms the good bilateral relations between The Netherlands and the Republic of Cyprus, she said after a meeting with the House President Yiannakis Omirou. During the meeting Omirou briefed his Dutch counterpart on “Turkey’s provocations within the Republic of Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) which threaten peace, security and stability in the region”. Mrs Broekers-Knol will have meetings with members of the committees of Foreign Affairs, European Affairs and Economic Affairs and with Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides. She will also visit a number of places with large historical value for the Republic of Cyprus.

01 October 2014

Reception on the occasion of the 54th Anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Cyprus at the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (National Museum of Antiquities) in Leiden

The Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, in collaboration with the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden in Leiden, organised a reception to celebrate the occasion of the 54th Anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Cyprus at the premises of the Museum, on October 1st 2014. The reception was addressed by H.E. the Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to the Kingdom of Netherlands Dr. Kyriacós P. Kouros, the Mayor of Wassenaar Mr. Jan Hoekema and the Director of the Museum Drs. Wim Weijland. During the reception, the Curator of the Classical Department of the Museum, Prof. dr. Ruurd B. Halbertsma, gave a brief presentation on a 5th century BC sculpture originating from Cyprus, which is part of the Museum’s collection of Cypriot antiquities.

In his address, H.E. Ambassador Kouros stressed, inter alia, that: “despite our long history and culture, and the fact that we are a successful tourism destination due to our natural beauties and history and a business centre due to our geographic position, we are unfortunately known mostly about the prevailing political situation in the island. This summer also marked 40 years since the sad events which led to the partial occupation of Cyprus.” Referring to the new round of talks, he noted that both communities in Cyprus agree that the current situation is unacceptable and concluded that: “we do our best this time to reach a viable settlement which will be accepted by our divided society.”

The reception was attended by Heads and representatives of Diplomatic Missions accredited to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, representatives of the Dutch Government, dignitaries of International Organisations, Courts and Tribunals based in The Hague, as well as Cypriots who reside in the Netherlands.

14 September 2014

Web exhibition on the Dutch mapping of Cyprus organised by the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus in The Hague and Leiden University Libraries

In 2010 the Republic of Cyprus celebrated its 50th anniversary of independence. 2010 also marked 50 years of diplomatic relations between Cyprus and the Netherlands. To commemorate this, the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus in The Hague and Leiden University Libraries organised a web exhibition on the Dutch mapping of Cyprus. This exhibition shows the spatial history of Cyprus, as well as the history of Dutch map production, especially the history of atlas publishing in the southern and northern Netherlands. In this exhibition 37 Dutch maps of the island of Cyprus are presented, both from atlases and books as separately published. They are presented in a chronological order. This selection shows the relationship between the Italian and Dutch cartography.

The earliest maps of Cyprus were published by northern Italian cartographers, which can be explained by the Venetian rule of Cyprus from 1489-1571. Moreover, northern Italy was an important region for map production in the 16th century. Most of the maps in the first atlases that were published in Antwerp, from 1570 onwards, were based on existing Italian maps. Later, Italian publishers copied the maps of the world famous publishers from Antwerp and Amsterdam. When we compare the Dutch maps with each other, we can conclude that most of them, with only two exceptions, are based on two Italian prototypes: Matheo Pagano's woodcut map of 1538 and Pietro Belloni's map, published by Giacomo Franco in 1570. In general, Pagano's protoype was used for most of the pocket atlases and Belloni's prototype for the folio atlases and the historical maps.

Hondius and De Jode introduced an alteration of the Belloni type by slightly adjusting the orientation of the map. The only 'Dutch designs' are the charts of the southern coasts of Cyprus and of the eastern Mediterranean, the earliest printed charts of Cyprus, first published by Willem Jansz. Blaeu in 1618. Only two town plans of Cyprus were published in the Low Countries, both of the port of Famagusta. Besides, one town view of Larnaca was printed in the Netherlands. Surprisingly, no single Dutch town plan of Nicosia has ever been published. The first maps of Cyprus that were published in the Low Countries were printed in Antwerp. After the Fall of Antwerp (1585) Amsterdam took over as the leading centre of book production. At the end of the 17th century Amsterdam lost its leading position in atlas production to Paris. However, Dutch maps of Cyprus were still published in the 18th century. The last Dutch map of Cyprus was published in Leiden in 1747. More

12 September 2014

Cyprus participating in the European Film Festival 18-21 September 2014

In the framework of the European Film Festival in the Netherlands, The Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus in The Hague is participating with the film Fish n Chipsby Elias Demetriou, which will be shown on Friday 19th of September 2014 at 16.00hrs in the Huis van Europa in The Hague.

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06 September 2014

Cyprus at the Embassy Festival in The Hague

On Saturday 06 September 2014, the Embassy of Cyprus participated in the Embassy Festival which took place along the Langue Vorhout in The Hague. For the second year in a raw, the Embassy of Cyprus provided halloumi and Commandaria for tasting, the traditional products of Cyprus. Along with the promotion of the traditional products, Cyprus Tourism Organization presented the touristic attractions of Cyprus.

29 July 2014

Announcement regarding an appeal by individuals to the International Criminal Court

Since 1974, Turkey has implemented a systematic policy of colonization of the occupied part of Cyprus, from which it expelled approximately 170.000 Greek Cypriots, in an attempt to change the demographic character of the island and create faits accomplis. This Turkish policy for the alteration of the demography of Cyprus has been condemned by the General Assembly, the Commission of Human Rights and the Council of Europe.

The policy of colonization is expressly prohibited by the 4th Geneva Convention of 1949 Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War (Article 49 (6)), which stipulates that the “Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.” According to the 1998 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (Article 8 (2) (b) (viii)), “the transfer, directly or indirectly, by the Occupying Power of parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies, or the deportation or transfer of all or parts of the population of the occupied territory within or outside this territory” is a war crime.

In this context, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs notes the initiative of MEP, Mr Costas Mavrides, and Cypriots Against Turkish War Crimes to submit to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court a communication concerning the settlement activity of Turkey within the territory of Cyprus, requesting the Prosecutor to initiate, pursuant to Article 15 of the Rome Statute, an investigation into the crimes committed within the Court’s jurisdiction. The Government of the Republic of Cyprus is at the Court’s disposal to provide documentation on the colonization of the occupied area of Cyprus by Turkey.

18 July 2014

Statement of the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the victims of the plane crash in Ukraine

We were shocked with the news of the Malaysian airlines flight travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur that was shot down over Ukrainian airspace yesterday.
On behalf of the Government and the people of Cyprus we extend our sincere condolences to the families of the victims onboard while conveying our sympathy to the Prime Ministers of the Netherlands and Malaysia as well as to the governments of all other nations of which citizens have senselessly lost their lives in this tragic incident. We call for an immediate investigation of the circumstances around the air crash by an independent international committee.
Regretfully this dramatic event is a most painful collateral illustration of the ongoing instability which has been precipitating in the Eastern provinces of Ukraine, and should serve as wakeup call of why it is imperative that this conflict is brought to an end without delay .
At this critical juncture, and with the humanitarian situation on the ground fast deteriorating, all sides have the responsibility to demonstrate necessary restrain, implement a durable cease fire and proceed swiftly to constructive and meaningful dialogue.

17 July 2014

International Criminal Justice Day: Why Cyprus is joining the celebrations - Article by the Minister of Foreign Affairs

17 July 1998 saw the adoption of the “Rome Statute”, the treaty on the basis of which the International Criminal Court (ICC) came into existence. To mark this milestone as well as the significant gains that have been achieved more broadly in international criminal justice, 17 July has been established as “International Criminal Justice Day.”

Cyprus and I personally proudly join the commemoration of this occasion and the international campaign to underline that “Justice Matters”. Some brief information on the work of the ICC and the ideals it represents should suffice to understand why we have deemed it important to do so.

The ICC is today the only permanent, international criminal court with the competence to prosecute the perpetrators of the gravest of crimes namely genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Moreover, provided a sufficient number of Member States ratify the relevant amendment to the Rome Statute, the Court will acquire jurisdiction also over the Crime of Aggression. These are all crimes which deeply offend the conscience of humanity.

The roots of the Court can be traced back to at least the Nuremberg and Tokyo trials after World War II which were followed, more recently, by the ad hoc and hybrid international tribunals such as the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. The creation of the ICC was thought by many to be a mission impossible. Yet for the last twelve years it has been tangibly contributing to the advancement of international justice.

As of today, the ICC has 122 Member States whilst more States have expressed their intention to join. Twenty-one cases in eight countries have been brought before the ICC which has rendered its first verdicts. Additionally, a number of other preliminary examinations are being carried out. The Court is also giving a voice to the victims of crimes by providing for their participation in its proceedings.

As is the case with any young institution in pursuit of ambitious goals, the Court has not been without its challenges. And new ones will no doubt arise. A number of challenges have been overcome thanks to the determination and spirit of cooperation that have prevailed amongst all stakeholders in this project. I am convinced that these same qualities shall guide us in addressing existing and future challenges. Our decisions - and this goes especially for us Member States - need to continue promoting the independence, credibility and efficiency of the Court.

Cyprus has been a committed supporter of the Court from its very beginning, a commitment which I reiterate today. I can attribute this to at least three main factors. Firstly, we consider it a moral obligation to promote the accountability for atrocities irrespective of where these are committed. Secondly, we are steadfast supporters of the strengthening of international law as a means to a more just and peaceful international order. And thirdly, the fact that our country itself continues to experience the effects of injustice committed for forty years, renders the mission of the Court even more salient for us.

It is indicative that Cyprus, a Member of the ICC as early as 2002, has been one of the first countries to ratify the amendments to the Rome Statute adopted in Kampala in 2010, including the amendment concerning the Crime of Aggression. Our country has also enjoyed the privilege of contributing one of its best-known judges, Judge Georghios Pikis, who served on the Court between 2003 and 2009. Currently Cyprus is actively engaged in, among other things, the promotion of the universalization and full implementation of the Rome Statute, elements which are vital for the achievement of the Court’s mission. It is our hope that in the time to come more States will be joining us in this collective endeavour.

On International Criminal Justice Day we rightly celebrate the important advances that have been achieved in international criminal justice. But even more work lies ahead. Current events compel us to reiterate our enduring concern at the horrendous crimes still being committed in many parts of the world.

These painfully remind us that justice does matter and that it matters a great deal. This is why I have deemed it important for our country and I to join the commemoration of International Criminal Justice Day.

19 September 2013

Repatriation of four icons of the occupied Church of Christ Antiphonitis in Kalograia from the Netherlands

The Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus in the Hague Dr Kyriacos Kouros and the Director-General of Culture and Media at the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science of the Netherlands Mrs. Marjan Hammersma signed on September 18, 2013 a Deed of Transfer to the Republic of Cyprus of four icons which were stolen from the occupied Church of Christ Antiphonitis in Kalograia. The signing took place during a ceremony at the Dutch Ministry of Education. The case relates to the icons of Saint Peter, Saint John, Saint Mark and Saint Paul which date approximately to the 16th century. The President of the Synodical Committee for Monuments and Art of the Church of Cyprus, Bishop of Neapolis Porfyrios, the Conservator of the Department of Antiquities Mrs. Stella Pissaridou and Mrs.Tasoula Georgiou-Chatzitofi, founder of the NGO ‘’Walk of Truth’’, were also present at the ceremony.

The icons are repatriated following a request submitted by the authorities of the Republic of Cyprus to the Netherlands, based on the provisions of the 2007 Dutch Law on restitution of cultural goods originating from an occupied territory. The said Dutch Law is based on the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its First Protocol, which, inter alia, provides that each contracting state undertakes to return to the authorities of the State of origin cultural property which has been exported illegally from an occupied territory. It is worth mentioning that the Church of Cyprus claimed the repatriation of the said icons in Dutch Courts in the period 1995-2002.

The Republic of Cyprus expresses its warm appreciation to the Netherlands for the return of the icons to Cyprus. This gesture underlines the strong friendship and the unwavering commitment of both countries for the protection of the common European cultural heritage, of which the cultural heritage in the occupied part of Cyprus constitutes an inseparable part. It also reaffirms the need for respect of the provisions of the 1954 Hague Convention and its Protocols by all the contracting states.

7 December 2012

Cyprus Presidency Contemporary dance performance by Lia Haraki


Concept/Creation/Performance: Lia Haraki
Music and Sound Design: Pandelis Diamantides
Mentoring: Evi Haraki Mahera
Lighting Design: Alexander Jotovic
Sound engineer: Yiannos Ionas

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5 December 2012

Luncheon with the Dutch Prime Minister Mr. Mark Rutte
“In the framework of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus in The Hague hosted on Wednesday 5 December a working luncheon featuring as keynote speaker the Dutch Prime Minister Mr. Mark Rutte.The lunch was attended by the Ambassadors of the Member States of the European Union, Croatia and the candidate countries, a European Commission representative and officials from the Netherlands.In his speech, the Dutch Prime Minister said that despite the difficult circumstances, the trust the Netherlands had in the Cyprus Presidency proved justified. He thanked Cyprus , under the guidance of which, he said, important steps have been taken to move Europe away from the crisis. Mr. Rutte also referred to the recent formation of the new Dutch Government and the governmental program. He went on to express his views on the relationship of the Netherlands with the European Union, the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020, the crisis in the Eurozone and other current issues on the agenda of the European Union.The Ambassador of Cyprus, Mr. Kyriacos Kouros, in his introduction, presented the activities and achievements so far of the Cyprus Presidency and expressed Cyprus’ commitment to continue to work hard until the end of the year. He also highlighted the importance of the role of the Cyprus Presidency as an honest broker especially during the current challenging period for the European Union.There was also an opportunity for questions and comments by the participants and a discussion with the Prime Minister”.

12 October 2012

Nobel Peace Prize awarded to European Union
The European Union has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for six decades of work in advancing peace in Europe.
The committee said the EU had helped to transform Europe "from a continent of war to a continent of peace".
The award comes as the EU faces the biggest crisis of its history, with recession and social unrest rocking many of its member states.
The last organisation to be given the prize outright was Medecins Sans Frontieres, which won in 1999.
Announcing the award, Nobel committee president Thorbjoern Jagland acknowledged the EU's current financial problems and social unrest.
But he said the committee wanted to concentrate on the EU's work over six decades of advancing "peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights".
In a written statement of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the EU, President Christofias expresses the satisfaction of the Cyprus Presidency over the decision and notes that "it is a great honour for the EU to receive this prize."
"The award is a timely recognition of the EU’s achievements over sixty years in promoting peace and reconciliation, democracy, human rights and the rule of law. These are the values that lie at the core of the European Union and which the EU promotes in order to make a better Europe both for its own citizens and for the whole world," he notes.
He adds that "the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize underlines the EU’s increased responsibility to continue pursuing peace efforts both in the European continent and worldwide."
"However, in order to fully accomplish the peace vision of the founding fathers of the EU we need to achieve lasting peace in Western Balkans, Cyprus and the Middle East," he points out.

    3 October 2012

    Cyprus EU Presidency Concert
    Saskia Lankhoorn plays a piano portrait of the Cypriot composer Yannis Kyriakides

    In the framework of cultural events on the occasion of the Cyprus Presidency of the European Council, the Embassy of Cyprus in The Hague together with Korzo Theater, organized on 3-10-2012 a piano concert based on works of the award-winning Cypriot composer Yannis Kyriakides.During the concert and after a welcome note by the Ambassador of Cyprus, Dr. Kyriacós Kouros, the distinguished Dutch pianist Saskia Lankhoorn played a piano portrait of Yannis Kyriakides, presenting his works for piano and multimedia from the last twenty years, from the student work “Piano Movement” to the recent work of “True Histories”. Other works presented were “Legerdemain”, “hYDAtorizon” and “Politicus”.The concert was attended by approximately 140 people, including Ambassadors, the President of the International Criminal Court, Mr. Sang-Hyun Song, the Director of European Affairs of the Foreign Ministry of the Netherlands, Mr. Jaap Werner, the Chief of Protocol of the Municipality of The Hague, Mr. Mark Verheul, as well as members of the Cypriot community in the Netherlands.

    18 September 2012

    Briefing for the Embassies of EU Member States at International Court of Justice in The Hague

    In the framework of the Cyprus Presidency of the EU Council, the Embassy of Cyprus in the Netherlands organized on 18 September a briefing for the Embassies of EU Member States in The Hague. The main speaker at the meeting was the Registrar of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Mr. Philippe Couvreu. The meeting took place at the Peace Palace which houses the ICJ and was attended by, among others, Ambassadors and legal experts of the Member States of the EU.

    In his speech, the Registrar made a historical reference to the establishing Treaties of the Court by the United Nations in 1945 and referred to the way the Court operates and to the nature of the decisions and opinions issued by the Court. He also spoke about the challenges faced by the Court, and its future prospects. Mr. Couvreu also thanked for the assistance of the Embassy of Cyprus in the organization of the meeting, saying this practice was revived during the Cyprus Presidency.

    In his intervention, the Ambassador of Cyprus in The Hague, Mr. Kyriakos Kouros, said the timing of the meeting was appropriate since in a few days, in the framework of the 67th sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations, the High Level Meeting for the Rule of Law will take place. In this direction he referred to the role of the ICJ in the peaceful settlement of disputes between states and to the contribution of the Court to the strengthening of the Rule of Law worldwide.

    The International Court of Justice is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. The Court is empowered to settle legal disputes submitted by states, while it also issues opinions on legal questions submitted by authorized United Nations organs and specialized institutions.

    13 October 2012

    Friends of the International Criminal Court Meeting

    On 13 September 2012, Ambassador Kyriacós P. Kouros hosted a meeting of the “Friends of the International Criminal Court” at the Cyprus Residence. The main speaker at the meeting was the new Court Prosecutor, Ms. Fatou Bensouda, who presented her vision for the Office of the Prosecutor in regards to advancing the prosecutions on gender crimes and improving the Office’s practices, based on lessons learned from past experiences. The meeting was well attended by representatives of Embassies in The Hague and NGOs. The “Friends of the International Criminal Court” is an informal group based in The Hague, New York and Geneva, which aims to pro-actively promote and support the Court. The group’s coordinator in The Hague is Mr. Sasa Obradovic, of the Serbian Embassy.

    25 July 2012

    Ambassador meets students of The Hague Academy of International Law

    On 25 July 2012 Ambassador Kyriacós P. Kouros hosted at the Cyprus Residence two groups of students from Afghanistan, Kenya, Spain, Greece, Italy, Iran, Germany and Mauritius. The students were mainly lawyers and diplomats attending the summer courses of The Hague Academy of International Law. Ambassador Kouros presented a general overview of diplomacy from the perspective of Cyprus, the history and latest developments on the Cyprus Question and discussed the effects that the world economic crisis has had on Cyprus. The Ambassador described the work and the priorities of the Embassy of Cyprus in The Hague both on the bilateral and multilateral level. In respect to the latter, he explained the Embassy’s work representing Cyprus in the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the International Courts and Legal Organizations and Institutions based in The Hague.”. Finally, the Ambassador briefed the students on the priorities and activities of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the EU in the second half of 2012 and answered students’ questions.

    2 July 2012

    Exhibition Cyprus Insula
    Maps of Cyprus from the Low Countries

      The exhibition is organised by Museum Meermanno, the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus and the Special Collections of Leiden University on the occasion of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2012.In this small exhibition in the 19th century book room of Museum Meermanno you can see the most important maps of Cyprus from Dutch and Flemish atlases and travel accounts and some of the rare Venetian examples on which these maps were based. This exhibition shows the history of the mapping of Cyprus, as well as thehistory of Dutch map production, especially the history of atlas publishing in the Southern and NorthernNetherlands.The Low Countries played an important role in the mapping of the island of Cyprus, because Antwerp andlater Amsterdam were the main centres of map and atlas production in the 16th and 17th century. Beside the famous atlases of Ortelius, Hondius and Blaeu, some rare works are exposed like a small woodcut atlas of Zacharias Heyns, the first atlas published in Holland in 1598.

      25 June 2012

      Presentation of the Cyprus Presidency agenda for the second half of 2012
      by the Deputy Minister to the President for European Affairs, Ambassador Andreas D. Mavroyiannis
      Clingendael institute

      The rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU is a duty, an obligation and a responsibility carried out by all EU member states (and when we say Council, we mean the representatives of the 27 member states at Ministerial level). So we will be chairing the Council of the EU for six months, starting the 1st of July of 2012. This role entails steering discussions within the Council; deciding the issues to be on the Council agenda; mediating and negotiating on behalf of the Council with other institutions, in particular with the European Parliament; while, at the same time, regulating and ensuring consistency and coherence among the various poles of political power within the Union. Setting realistic goals, the Presidency will act as an honest broker, aiming to achieve compromises and successfully achieve progress and reach an agreement on the issues to be discussed during those six months. More ...

      23 June 2012

      Composer Andys Skordis wins Buma Toonzetters Prijs 2012

      The Buma Toonzetters Prijs 2012 goes to Andys Skordis (1983) for his work The deeper you go...the deeper you go...the deeper you go...deeper you Saturday night 23 June the Dutch based and Cyprus born composer received the prize of € 10.000 from Buma Cultuur director Frank Helmink. The international professional jury, chaired by Lucas Vis, considered the work to be the best Dutch composition of the past season. The award ceremony took place during the fifth edition of the Toonzetters festival at the Amsterdam Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ.The jury, consisting of Lars Petter Hagen (Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, Norway), Andrew Kurowski (BBC, United Kingdom), Tadeusz Wielecki (Warsaw Autumn, Poland) and Lucas Vis (conductor, chairman, the Netherlands) was once again surprised by the great number of remarkable compositions. The jury picked ten compositions from nearly one hundred entries written by a great number of new names. These ten compositions all deserve to be heard more often; they should be on the repertoire of many ensembles and orchestras. Picking them from nearly one hundred works is no sinecure, but the jury was unanimous about Andys Skordys’s composition. Some quotes from the jury report: The composer uses a very original treatment of the concept to make the large form. It's a piece made with great craft, that makes impact on the emotional as well as on the psychological level. A piece with dramatic quality which pulls the listener in, also reflected in its title. The deeper you go...the deeper you go...the deeper you go...deeper you was premiered on 11 June 2011 at the Composers’ Festival 2011 in Amsterdam. At the Toonzetters festival the piece was performed by members of the Residentie Orchestra and VOCAALLAB.Sena Performers Toonzetters Prijs At the same event the Zapp 4 string quartet received the Sena Performers Toonzetters Prijs worth € 10.000. Earlier this week this ensemble was awarded this prize for the performer(s) of the best program of the previous season, according to a professional jury of Dutch programmers.

      21 June 2012

      The President of the Republic awards Dutch Euro-Parliamentarian, Mr Hans van Baalen, with the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Cyprus
      The European Union should take much more responsibility and point out to Turkey that without the withdrawal of all Turkish occupation forces in the north and without the recognition of the Republic of Cyprus there can be no membership of Turkey in the EU, Dutch Euro-Parliamentarian, Mr Hans van Baalen, said today during a ceremony at which he was awarded with the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Cyprus by the President of the Republic, Mr Demetris Christofias. More ....

      21 June 2012

      Credentials OPCW

      The Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, H.E. Dr. Kyriacós Kouros, presented his credentials as Permanent Representative of the Republic of Cyprus to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to the Director-General of the Organization, H.E. Mr. Ahmet Üzümcü, on Thursday, 21 June 2012.During the meeting that followed, Ambassador Kouros expressed Cyprus’s full support to the work of the OPCW and its commitment to the principles on which the Organisation is based. The willingness for close cooperation was also expressed, given the important role the European Union plays in the OPCW and in view of the upcoming Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the EU.

      20 June 2012

      The new Ambassador of Cyprus to the Netherlands Dr Kyriacos Kouros presented his credentials to Queen Beatrix

      During a ceremony held on June 20, 2012 at Noordeinde Palace in The Hague, the new Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to the Kingdom of the Netherlands Dr. Kyriakos P. Kouros presented his credentials to Her Majesty Queen Beatrix.Presenting his credentials, Ambassador Dr. Kouros conveyed the greetings of the President of the Republic of Cyprus Mr. Dimitris Christofias and reassured that he will work for the further enhancement of the existing very good relations between the two countries. During the meeting that followed the ceremony, Ambassador Dr. Kouros briefed on the latest developments in the Cyprus problem and the prospects of finding a viable and functional solution. The EU economic crisis and the situation in Cyprus, energy issues and the prospects after the discovery of hydrocarbons in Cyprus EEZ, the assumption of the Presidency of the Council of the EU by Cyprus, the objectives set and the challenges it involves as well as other international issues were also discussed.

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