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Minister of Foreign Affairs to participate in the 24th EU – GCC Joint Council and Ministerial Meeting, 22.05.15
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, will participate in the 24th EU – Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Joint Council and Ministerial Meeting to be held in Doha, Qatar, on Sunday, 24 May. During the Meeting, discussion between the Ministers is expected to focus, inter alia, on regional developments with emphasis in Yemen, Syria, Libya and Iran, as well as on issues of the Global Agenda, such as counter terrorism and human rights. The Minister of Foreign Affairs returns to Cyprus on Monday, 25 May.

Statement by the Minister of Foreign Affairs on the 53rd EU – Turkey Association Council, 18.05.15
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, who is currently in Brussels to participate in the EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC), made the following statement on today’s 53rd EU – Turkey Association Council: “I wish to brief you on the results of today’s EU – Turkey Association Council, especially due to the fact that a significant preliminary work was made ahead by the Cyprus Representation, and everything that was agreed was honoured by the Latvian Presidency of the EU. Firstly, I would like to recall that, the references to a ‘deceased’ Republic of Cyprus, included in the document released by Turkey after the Association Council last year, had caused annoyance. The fact that the document was released at the end of last year’s Association Council had left no time to the Greek Presidency to react, because of there was a lack of knowledge regarding its content. This year, we insisted that the Joint Position of the EU member states and the Position of Turkey be exchanged and, therefore, Turkey released in time a first document towards all the member states. Following, this document was altered today and the two references to a ‘deceased’ Republic of Cyprus included in the previous document, were removed. More..

The Minister of Foreign Affairs to participate in the Foreign Affairs and the General Affairs Councils of the EU, 15.05.15
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ioannis Kasoulides, will participate in the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) of the EU, to be held in Brussels on Monday 18 April in Foreign Affairs and Defense Ministers formation. Ιn a joint lunch, in the presence of NATO’s General Secretary, the Ministers will discuss the security challenges in the neighborhood. A joint meeting will follow in which the discussion is expected to be focused in the preparations of the June European Council on Common Security and Defense Policy, the follow-up to the special meeting of the European Council of 23 April, and the EU Strategic Review. Further, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs will discuss the developments concerning the Middle East Peace Process. On Monday morning Minister Kasoulides will participate in a working Lunch of the “Friends of Serbia in the presence of the Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia, as well as in a working breakfast of the “Friends of Ukraine” in the presence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. Μοre..

Cyprus new Ambassador to Iceland presents credentials, 13.05.15
The new Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to Iceland, stationed in Copenhagen, Ms Maria Papakyriacou, presented yesterday her credentials to the President of Iceland, Mr Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, during an official ceremony. A private meeting between Mr Grimsson and Ms Papakyriacou followed, during which the excellent level of Iceland – Cyprus relations was confirmed, while issues of bilateral interest, with emphasis on Renewable Energy Sources issues were discussed. President Grimsson also briefed the new Ambassador on the new policy of his country in regard to Arctic issues. The Ambassador of Cyprus, for her part, informed the President of Iceland on the latest developments on the Cyprus issue, in view of the imminent resumption of the negotiations. The President of Iceland expressed the hope that the talks lead to a just and viable solution of the Cyprus problem. Finally, he referred to his country’s support in the efforts to reunify Cyprus, stressing that the Icelandic nation was and remains by the side of Cyprus.

PSI Table-Top Exercise, 06.05.15
The Republic of Cyprus and the United States of America are co-hosting a Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) Table-Top Exercise in Nicosia, on 6-7 May 2015, with the participation of France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Malta, Portugal and the United Kingdom. This is the first time that Cyprus, which participates in the initiative since 2005, hosts an exercise in the context of PSI. The Exercise’s main objectives are to build a shared understanding of the PSI, gain an insight to participants’ national policies, procedures and capabilities related to interdiction activities and further promote cooperation. Exercise teams will develop courses of action for inspecting, identifying, and seizing shipments of proliferation concern and explore regional proliferation trends and perspectives, as well as opportunities for regional cooperation and coordination. More..

The President of the Republic receives the credentials of the Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic, 30.04.15
The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, received today, at a formal ceremony at the Presidential Palace the credentials of the Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic, Mr Ilias Fotopoulos. More..

The President of the Republic receives the credentials of the Ambassador of Paraguay, 30.04.15
The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, received today, at a formal ceremony at the Presidential Palace, the credentials of the Ambassador of Paraguay to Cyprus, stationed in Paris, Mr Emilio Gimenez Franco. More..

The President of the Republic receives the credentials of the Ambassador of Colombia, 30.04.15
The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, received today, at a formal ceremony at the Presidential Palace, the credentials of the Ambassador of Colombia to Cyprus, stationed in Rome, Mr Juan Sebastian Betancur Escobar. More..

The President of the Republic receives the credentials of the Ambassador of the Czech Republic, 30.04.15
The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, received today, at a formal ceremony at the Presidential Palace, the credentials of the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Cyprus, Ms Helena Bambasova. More..

Travel Advice – Nepal, 29.04.15
Travel Advice: Avoid unnecessary travel. Details: Travel Advice for the citizens of the Republic of Cyprus who are permanent residents or working or intend to travel to Nepal. The citizens of the Republic of Cyprus are advised against unnecessary travel to Nepal, due to the situation in the country as result of the recent earthquake. All Cypriot citizens who reside in the country, are advised to limit their movement, inform the Cypriot competent Authorities (see below for contact details) on their current status, and monitor news reports (international and local) for developments. In case of emergency, Cypriot citizens can contact the High Commission of the Republic of Cyprus in New Delhi, India (D-64 Malcha Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi -110 021, tel.: +9111 26111156, +9111 26111157, Fax: +9111 26111160, Email: delhihc@mfa.gov.cy, website: http://www.mfa.gov.cy/highcom_newdelhi), the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Cyprus in Nepal: Mr. Padma Jyoti, Tel: +977 9851 0204 35, the Duty Officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on +35 7 99660129, the Crisis Management Department on +357 22801018, or the Consular Affairs Department at the MFA on +357 22651262.

Kıbrıs Cumhuriyeti Dışişleri Bakanlığı Malezya Mahkemesi tarafından iki Kıbrıs vatandaşının idam cezasına çaptırılması hakkındaki açıklama , 21 Nisan 2015
Kıbrıs Cumhuriyeti iki vatandaşının Malezya’daki bir Mahkeme tarafından idam cezasına çarptırıldığı haberi ile ilgili olarak, Dışişleri Bakanlığı, Muhammet Osman ve Mehmet Uçaner Oktay’ın uyuşturucu suçundan Kasım 2011’de yakalandıkları günden beri Kıbrıs Cumhuriyeti’nin, diplomatik ve hukuki yardımla birlikte Malezya Makamlarına yönelik girişim yaparak hızlı ve koordineli biçimde hareket ettiğini kaydetmektedir.
Özellikle, Kıbrıs Cumhuriyeti aşağıdaki hareketlerde bulundu: - Sanıkların Malezya Mahkemesi önündeki savunması ile ilgili tüm masrafları karşıladı. - Malezya Başbakanı ve Dışişleri Bakanı’nın dikkati, diplomasi yoluyla, konuya çekildi.
- Yeni Delhi’deki Yüksek Komiserliğin bir Yetkilisi, Malezya makamları ile temasta bulunmak ve tutuklularla görüşmek için altı kez o ülkeye gitti.
- Yeni Delhi’deki Yüksek Komiserlik aracılığıyla, tutuklulara çeşitli ihtiyaçlarının karşılanması amacıyla mali yardımda bulundu.
Cumhuriyetin Konsolosu ile yaptıkları son görüşmede, tutuklular Cumhuriyetin kendilerine sağladığı yardım ve destek için teşekkürlerini ifade ettiler.
Davanın görüşülmesi sona erdiğinde, 15 Nisan 2015 tarihinde tutuklular Mahkemece idam cezasına çarptırıldı. Söz konusu karar temyiz edilecek ve ülkedeki AB Temsilciliği aracılığıyla nota verme olasılığı incelenmektedir.

The Permanent Secretary pays working visit to Warsaw, 22.04.15
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Alexandros N. Zenon, held today political consultations with his Polish counterpart, Deputy Foreign Minister of Poland, Mrs Henryka Μοscicka–Dendys. During the political consultations, bilateral relations between Cyprus and Poland, the Cyprus problem and other international issues, including the current situation in the broader Middle East and Ukraine, were discussed. Additionally, Mr Zenon and Mrs Μοscicka-Dendys, exchanged views on current European issues including the Energy Union, Migration flows as well as various initiatives in the framework of the EU for growth and employment.

The Permanent Secretary pays working visit to Warsaw, 21.04.15
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Alexandros N. Zenon, departs today for Warsaw to hold political consultations with his Polish counterpart, Deputy Foreign Minister of Poland, Mrs Μοscicka-Dendys. During the political consultations, bilateral relations between Cyprus and Poland, the Cyprus problem, energy and migration issues, as well as other international issues, including the current situation in the broader Middle East and Ukraine, are expected to be discussed. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs returns to Cyprus on 23 April.

Participation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the EU Foreign Affairs Council, 20.04.15
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, participated in the EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC), held today in Luxembourg. During the morning deliberations, the discussion focused, inter alia, on the developments in Libya and Yemen, as well as the recent developments regarding the E3/EU+3 negotiations with Iran for its nuclear programme, as well as the EU relations with the countries of the Latin America and the Caribbean. During the discussion on Libya, Mr Kasoulides expressed Cyprus’ support to the efforts of the United Nations and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Libya, Mr Bernardino León, for the achievement of a political agreement and the formation of a Government of National Unity in the country. The Minister of Foreign Affairs underlined that today’s meeting shows that the European Union is fully aware of the immediate need to support the country, so that its citizens can live in conditions of safety and stability, without being forced to follow the tragic, as proven in the last days, path of illegal migration. “I believe that all interested parties in Libya, negotiating at the moment for the future of their country, share the sense of the urgency, which is evident in today’s discussion”, Mr Kasoulides concluded. During the afternoon deliberations, the discussion will focus on the issue of migration, in light of the recent tragic incidents in the Mediterranean. Following the end of FAC’s deliberations, the annual Ministerial Meeting of the Eastern Partnership will take place with the participation of both the EU Foreign Ministers and the Foreign Ministers of the Eastern Partners (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia and Belarus).







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