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Press conference held by the Presidents of the overseas organizations POMAK, PSEKA and NEPOMAK, 28.08.14
The Presidents of the overseas organizations gave today a press conference at the “Filoxenia” Conference Center, in Nicosia, on the occasion of the conclusion of the 25th Session of the Central Council of the World Federation of Overseas Cypriots – International Coordinating Committee “Justice for Cyprus” (POMAK-PSEKA) and the 7th World Conference of Young Overseas Cypriots (NEPOMAK). The President of the World Federation of Overseas Cypriots (POMAK), Mr Andreas Papaevripides, the President of the International Coordinating Committee “Justice for Cyprus” (PSEKA), Mr Philip Christopher and the outgoing President of the World Conference of Young Overseas Cypriots (NEPOMAK), Mr Christos Karaolis, participated in the press conference, held jointly with the Division of Overseas and Repatriated Cypriots of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. More..

Overseas Cypriots Conference wraps up deliberations, 27.08.14
The 25th Session of the Central Council of the World Federation of Overseas Cypriots – International Coordinating Committee “Justice for Cyprus” (POMAK-PSEKA) and the 7th World Conference of Young Overseas Cypriots (NEPOMAK) wrapped up deliberations today at the “Filoxenia” Conference Center, in Nicosia. During the morning meeting, the President of the Pancyprian Coordinating Committee “Justice for Cyprus” (PSEKA) Mr Philip Christopher briefly presented the actions of the Committee during the outgoing year. More..

The Minister of Foreign Affairs will participate in the informal meetings of the General Affairs Council and the Foreign Affairs Council, 27.08.14
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, departs today for Milan, where he will participate in the informal meeting of the General Affairs Council (GAC) on 28 – 29 August and the informal Meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the EU (Gymnich) on 29 – 30 August. During the deliberations of the informal GAC, the EU Foreign Ministers will discuss, inter alia, the functioning of the EU system, the implementation of the strategic agenda for the Union in times of change, the role of the GAC and how the current Council configurations would help foster EU priorities. During the deliberations of Gymnich, the Ministers will discuss, inter alia, the latest developments in the Middle East Peace Process, the Eastern Partnership and the Southern Neighbourhood, with emphasis on the situation in the Gaza Strip, Ukraine, Syria and Iraq respectively. Minister Kasoulides will return to Cyprus on Sunday, 31 August.

The works of the Overseas Cypriots Conference continue, 26.08.14
The 25th Session of the Central Council of the World Federation of Overseas Cypriots – International Coordinating Committee “Justice for Cyprus” (POMAK-PSEKA) continued this morning at the “Filoxenia” Conference Center, in Nicosia, with the presentation of the report of the outgoing year by the President of POMAK, Mr Andreas Papaevripides. During the meeting of the Central Council, the actions of the Federations were presented, as well as ways for further cooperation. The overseas organizations had the opportunity to present their actions in their countries of residence and activation and to submit suggestions for the better coordination of their actions on issues such as the enlightenment for the Cyprus problem, the economic crisis and issues of expatriates. More..

Opening ceremony of the Overseas Cypriots Conference, 25.08.14
The opening ceremony of the 25th Session of the Central Council of the World Federation of Overseas Cypriots – International Coordinating Committee “Justice for Cyprus” (POMAK-PSEKA) and the 7th World Conference of Young Overseas Cypriots (NEPOMAK) was held today, at the “Filoxenia” Conference Center, in Nicosia. The Conferences were declared open by the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades. The President of the House of Representatives, Mr Yiannakis L. Omirou, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, the Archbishop of Cyprus Chrysostomos II, the Presidential Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs and Overseas Cypriots, Ms Kate Clerides, the President of POMAK, Mr Andreas Papaevripides, the President of PSEKA, Mr Philip Christopher and the President of NEPOMAK, Mr Christos Karaolis also addressed, inter alia, the opening ceremony. More..

Announcement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 08.08.14
The Republic of Cyprus is extremely concerned and appalled by the recent violent seizure by extremist Islamists of the city of Qaraqosh and other Christian cities in northern Iraq, the brutal expulsion and persecution of the Christian communities in the region as well as the dramatic humanitarian situation of the minority of the Yazidis. Cyprus has been active for a while in promoting EU joint actions aiming at protecting the ancient Christian communities and other religious and ethnic minorities of the Middle East. During the recent visit of Foreign Minister, Mr. Ioannis Kasoulides to Warsaw, Cyprus and Poland agreed on a joint initiative in the context of the EU Foreign Affairs Council intended to formulate a long-term strategy for the protection of the right to freedom of expression and religion.

Travel Advice for the Republic of Liberia, 07.08.14
Taking into account the recent outbreak of Ebola virus in the Republic of Liberia, the citizens of the Republic of Cyprus are advised to avoid non essential travel to the country and in the event of their presence there, to follow local or international news reports on the developments on the issue and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website. Information regarding the Ebola virus outbreak and the necessary protection measures to be taken are available at the World Health Organization Website at http://www.who.int/csr/don/en/ For any consular information and assistance, interested persons may contact the duty officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Crisis Management Department and the Consular Affairs Department on the following: More..

Travel Advice for the Republic of Sierra Leone, 07.08.14
Taking into account the recent outbreak of Ebola virus in the Republic of Sierra Leone, the citizens of the Republic of Cyprus are advised to avoid non essential travel to the country and in the event of their presence there, to follow local or international news reports on the developments on the issue and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website. Information regarding the Ebola virus outbreak and the necessary protection measures to be taken are available at the World Health Organization Website at http://www.who.int/csr/don/en/ For any consular information and assistance, interested persons may contact the duty officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Crisis Management Department and the Consular Affairs Department on the following: More..

Travel Advice for the Republic of Guinea, 07.08.14
Taking into account the recent outbreak of Ebola virus in the Republic of Guinea, the citizens of the Republic of Cyprus are advised to avoid non essential travel to the country and in the event of their presence there, to follow local or international news reports on the developments on the issue and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website. Information regarding the Ebola virus outbreak and the necessary protection measures to be taken are available at the World Health Organization Website at http://www.who.int/csr/don/en/ For any consular information and assistance, interested persons may contact the duty officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Crisis Management Department and the Consular Affairs Department on the following: More..

Announcement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 06.08.14
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomes the ceasefire agreement on the Gaza Strip. It commends Egypt for its crucial role in reaching this agreement, in spite of all the hurdles to and undermining of its constructive efforts, mainly by Turkey. With its announcement of 13.7.2014, five days after the start of the Israeli aerial bombardments and before the incursion of ground forces in the Gaza Strip, the Ministry called upon the friendly countries of the region inferring Egypt, to embark on mediation for an immediate ceasefire. Both within the EU during the Foreign Affairs Council meeting on 22.7.2014 and during the telephone conversation the Minister of Foreign Affairs had with his Egyptian counterpart on 29.7.2014, Cyprus offered its geographic proximity for lifting the blockade imposed on Gaza, as well as its full support for re-opening the Rafah crossing under the aegis of the Palestinian government. We are saddened and unequivocally condemn the disproportionate use of force by Israeli forces, as well as the tactic employed by Hamas to disregard the exposure of the civilian population to fire, which resulted to the tragic loss of so many lives, mainly children, as well as immense material destruction. The diplomatic and behind-the-scenes efforts for achieving a ceasefire agreement the soonest possible was far more important to us than publicity, especially since we fully align with the Foreign Affairs Council Conclusions of 22.7.2014 and the following statements by Lady Ashton on behalf of all the EU Member States.The management of public messages is no substitute to dealing with and managing reality.

25th Session of the Central Council of POMAK – PSEKA and the 7th World Conference of Young Overseas Cypriots (NEPOMAK), 06.08.14
The 25th Session of the Central Council of the World Federation of Overseas Cypriots – International Coordinating Committee Justice for Cyprus (POMAK – PSEKA) and the 7th World Conference of Young Overseas Cypriots (NEPOMAK) will be held in Nicosia 25 – 27 August, 2014 at the Filoxenia Conference Center. The Conferences will be declared open by HE Mr Nicos Anastasiades, President of the Republic of Cyprus on Monday, 25 August at 7.00 pm. His Beatitude the Archbishop of Cyprus Chrysostomos II, the President of the House of Representatives Mr Yiannakis L. Omirou, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, the Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs and Overseas Cypriots Ms Kate Clerides, the President of POMAK Mr Andreas Papaevripides, the President of PSEKA Mr Philip Christopher and the President of NEPOMAK Mr Christos Karaolis will also address the opening ceremony. A Press Conference will be held on Thursday, 28 August at 10.am at the Filoxenia Conference Center following the conclusion of the Conferences. The Opening Ceremony will be broadcasted live over the internet on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus at http://www.mfa.gov.cy with the kind support and cooperation of Cyta, official telecommunications provider of the Conferences.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs met with the Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, 05.08.14
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ioannis Kasoulides, met today with the Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Mr. Takao Makino, who is on a two-day official visit to Cyprus. In his statements after the talks, Minister Kasoulides welcomed the Japanese Vice-Minister and noted that this visit is of particular importance and constitutes a tangible proof of the joint commitment to strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries. During the meeting, the two Ministers discussed, inter alia, ways for further enhancing bilateral collaboration in the sectors of investment, science and education and examined issues of mutual concern including the forthcoming Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). Minister Kasoulides also briefed the Parliamentary Vice-Minister on the Cyprus issue. Minister Kasoulides noted that they also discussed the on-going negotiations between the EU and Japan for a free trade agreement and a strategic partnership agreement in the light of the latest round of negotiations in Tokyo and expressed his satisfaction for the progress made. Moreover, Minister Kasoulides stated that during lunch they will discuss issues related to the latest developments in Asia and the Middle East. The Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan underlined that Japan supports a peaceful solution of the Cyprus problem and asked for Cyprus’ support on the on-going negotiations between EU and Japan.

Announcement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Libya, 01.08.14
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces that the “Salamis” frigate of the Hellenic Navy set off at dawn from Libya, today, safely transferring 12 Cypriot citizens and the spouse of one of the passengers, a non-European citizen. Among those on board is the personnel of the Embassy. As already announced, the Embassy of the Republic in Tripoli suspends its operation due to the rapidly worsening security situation in the country. The frigate is expected to arrive tomorrow morning, 2 August, in Piraeus. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses its deepest gratitude to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic, to the Greek Navy and the Embassy of Greece in Tripoli, for their support to the Cypriot citizens during the repatriation process.

Announcement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the package of EU restrictive measures in relation to the situation in Ukraine, 31.07.14
Throughout the crisis in Ukraine and the subsequent discussions of the issue in EU institutions, Cyprus maintained a consistent and responsible stance, underlining the necessity to reach a political solution and to preserve communication channels between the EU and Russia, while stating that the sanctions policy should be applied in a cautious and reserved manner. Cyprus has repeatedly supported that no restrictive measure should prove to be substantially detrimental to the economy of any member state, particularly so for a member state implementing a macroeconomic adjustment programme. More..

The President of the Republic briefs the Heads of Diplomatic Missions, 31.07.14
The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, briefed today, at the Presidential Palace, the Heads of Diplomatic Missions of the Republic of Cyprus on Cyprus related issues in the presence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Ioannis Kasoulides. Following the President’s briefing, the Minister of Foreign Affairs noted to members of the Press that the briefing was part of the deliberations of the annual meeting of the Heads of Diplomatic Missions of the Republic of Cyprus whose scope is to inform and exchange views on issues pertaining to the Cyprus problem and Cyprus’ policies. In particular, the Minister pointed out the significance of having an overall view and information on all current issues. Minister Kasoulides added that the President briefed the Heads of Missions on issues that he deems important for them to be informed whereas on the Cyprus issue they will be informed by the negotiator of the Greek Cypriot community Ambassador Mavroyiannis and himself. He added that Minister Lakkotrypis had already briefed them on energy issues as well as on issues pertaining to investment and trade relations and that Mr. Georgiades will brief them on the current state of the economy. The Heads of Diplomatic Missions will also be briefed from other competent authorities. Replying to a question regarding the situation in Libya, the Foreign Minister said, inter alia, that the Ministry follows with great concern the developments in the region and that it has already taken measures to deal with any emergency. Moreover, a decision to suspend the operation of the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus in Libya and the safe transport of all remaining Greek Cypriots in Libya by a ship of the Greek navy was taken.





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