Source: PIO, CNA
Telephone conversation between the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt, 29.07.14
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ioannis Kasoulides, had a telephone conversation today with his Egyptian counterpart, Mr. Sameh Shoukry, in order to express the full support of Cyprus to Egypt’s efforts for a ceasefire in Gaza. Mr. Kasoulides expressed deep concern for the increasing loss of human lives and especially for the deaths of civilians and children. He assured his Egyptian counterpart that Cyprus, taking advantage of its geographical proximity, is ready to help the effort for normalization of the situation if requested. Mr. Kasoulides was briefed by his Egyptian counterpart regarding the diplomatic initiatives undertaken by Egypt. He expressed hope for an immediate and lasting ceasefire. The Cypriot Foreign Minister praised Egypt’s constructive efforts and its pivotal role for the stability of the region. He also expressed the full support of Cyprus for the efforts to implement the roadmap leading Egypt towards democratic normality. The two Ministers agreed to meet on the sidelines of the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York. Finally, Mr. Kasoulides expressed to Mr. Shoukry his personal wishes on the occasion of the end of Ramadan.
Deliberations of the annual meeting of the Heads of Diplomatic Missions begin, 29.07.14
The deliberations of the Annual Meeting of the Heads of Diplomatic Missions of the Republic of Cyprus will start tomorrow, Wednesday, 30 July, and will last until Friday, 1 August. During the Meeting, there will be, inter alia, a review on issues of foreign policy and regional security, on the bilateral relations between Cyprus and third countries and the participation of Cyprus in international organisations. The agenda of the Annual Meeting will start, on 30 July, with the meeting of the Minister of Foreign Affairs with the Heads of Diplomatic Missions accredited to the countries of North Africa, Middle East and the Gulf, in order to discuss specific issues and the geopolitical developments in the Eastern Mediterranean. More..
Travel Advice for the citizens of the Republic of Cyprus who are permanent residents or working or intend to travel to Libya, 29.07.14
The citizens of the Republic of Cyprus are advised against all travel to Libya, as the security situation continues to deteriorate. All Cypriot citizens who reside in the country, are advised to inform the Cypriot competent Authorities (see below for contact details) on their current status, and are advised to leave the country as quickly and safely as possible. In case of emergency, Cypriot citizens can contact the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus in Libya or the Duty Officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on +357 99660129, the Crisis Management Department on +357 22801000, or the Consular Affairs Department at the MFA on +357 22651108. More..
Announcement regarding an appeal by individuals to the International Criminal Court, 29.07.14
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. More..
Intervention of Permanent Secretary, Ambassador, Alexandros N. Zenon, at the Informal EU Ministers for Development Cooperation Meeting, Florence, 15 July 2014, 28.07.14
On the basis of the experience gained over the recent past, it has become quite evident that the post-2015 development agenda must be predicated on an integrated universal vision, on a Global Partnership underpinned by a strong and full consensus at the international level. The framework which will be adopted in September 2015 in New York undoubtedly will need to build on the substantial, but by no means complete, progress achieved through the Millennium Development Goals. It must also deal with well-known persistent inequalities that continue to characterize much of our world and address new challenges facing us all worldwide. More..
The President of the Republic departs for Athens, 27.07.14
The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, departs tomorrow, July 28, for Athens where he will pay a two-day visit. The President will be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, and the Government Spokesman, Mr Nikos Chistodoulides. During the first day of his visit in Athens, the President will have a meeting with the Prime Minister of Greece, Mr Antonis Samaras. Talks between the delegations of the two countries will follow. On July 29, President Anastasiades will have separate meetings, in the Hellenic Parliament, with the leaders of parliamentary parties. On the sidelines of the President’s visit, the Government Spokesman, Mr Nikos Christodoulides, will have a meeting with his Greek counterpart, Mrs Sofia Voultepsi. The President of the Republic and the members of the Cyprus delegation will return to Cyprus in the evening of July 29.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs participates at the EU General Affairs Council, 23.07.14
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ioannis Kasoulides, participated in the first, under the Italian Presidency, General Affairs Council of the European Union, held in Brussels today. During the deliberations of the Council a debate was held on the occasion of the presentation of the work program and priorities of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. In his intervention, the Minister of Foreign Affairs welcomed the priorities of the Italian Presidency in particular on issues of growth and employment, migration and energy security. More..
Agreement between the Government and the Austrian Federal Government on the Mutual Protection of Classified Information, 23.07.14
Τhe Government of the Republic of Cyprus and the Austrian Federal Government signed on the 17th July 2014, in Vienna, an Agreement on the Mutual Protection of Classified Information. Τhe Agreement was signed οn behalf of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus by the Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to Vienna, Mr. Marios Ieronymides, and on behalf of the Austrian side, by the Secretary General of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Dr. Michael Linhart. The Agreement sets the framework within which the exchange and protection of classified information can take place bilaterally. The signing of this Agreement contributes to the further deepening and widening of bilateral relations between the Republic of Cyprus and the Austrian Federal Government.
Minister of Foreign Affairs participates in EU Foreign Affairs Council, in Brussels, 22.07.14
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides participated in the EU Foreign Affairs Council, held today, in Brussels. The ongoing crisis in Ukraine was the main issue of the Council's deliberations. The debate was conducted in the light of the downing of the aircraft of the Malaysian Airlines, with the Foreign Ministers observing one minute's silence in memory of the victims. In his intervention, Mr Kasoulides expressed on behalf of the Government and the people of Cyprus, sincere condolences and solidarity to the countries that are mourning the loss of innocent citizens. It is a tragic development that should not have happened, but should neither be allowed to recur in the future, he said. For this reason, the Minister of Foreign Affairs added, we consider it imperative to give an end immediately to the conflict in this country. The only way to achieve this is through diplomatic channels, said Mr Kasoulides. The actions of the EU and the international community in general must move within this logic in order to find a political solution and to restore stability in the region as soon as possible, he underlined. Μore..
The new Ambassador of Cyprus in Athens presented his credentials to the President of the Hellenic Republic, 21.07.14
The new Ambassador of Cyprus to Athens, Mr. Kyriakos Kenevezos, presented today at a formal ceremony at the Presidential Palace his credentials to the President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Karolos Papoulias. Presenting his credentials, Mr. Kenevezos said it is a great honor for him to represent the Republic of Cyprus in Greece and in the exercise of his duties he will be guided by the best interests for the Greek Nation. Accepting the credentials the President of the Hellenic Republic assured once again that Cyprus and the Cyprus problem are the top priority of Greek foreign policy and that Greece will always remain at the side of Cyprus and the Cypriot Hellenism. After the presentation of the credentials, a private meeting of Mr. Papoulias with Mr. Kenevezos was held in cordial atmosphere. The President of the Hellenic Republic wished the new Ambassador of Cyprus in Athens, good strength and every success in his work, which will have his full support.
Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 21.07.14
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs dismisses recent reports in the local and foreign press concerning allegations of an import of 4603 metric tons of barley originating in Crimea into the Republic of Cyprus, on 23 June 2014. Relevant investigations conducted by the competent authorities of the Republic of Cyprus revealed that there was no import of cereals originating in Crimea into the Republic of Cyprus. The European Council at its meeting on 20-21 March 2014 unanimously condemned the illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (‘Crimea’) and the city of Sevastopol (‘Sevastopol’) to the Russian Federation and emphasised that it will not recognise it. In response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol, the Council of the European Union adopted, on 23 June 2014, Decision 2014/386/CFSP and Regulation No 692/2014 concerning restrictions on goods originating in Crimea or Sevastopol and on the provision, directly or indirectly, of financing or financial assistance, as well as insurance and reinsurance, related to the import of such goods. The aforementioned legal acts form part of the European Law and are binding in their entirety and directly binding in all EU Member States. The competent authorities of the Republic of Cyprus are duly informed about the adoption of the above-mentioned binding EU legal acts and are taking all necessary action for their effective and immediate implementation.
Participation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Foreign Affairs Council and General Affairs Council of the European Union, 21.07.14
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ioannis Kasoulides, departs today for Brussels, where he will participate in the deliberations of the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) of the EU. During the FAC, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Baroness Ashton, will de-brief on the Iran talks, following the latest round which was held in Vienna. The EU Foreign Ministers will also discuss, inter alia, the situation in Ukraine, the developments in Iraq, as well as the situation in Gaza Strip and Israel, in light of the current events. Minister Kasoulides will then participate in the meeting between the EU Foreign Ministers and the Foreign Ministers of Eastern Partnership countries, as well as in the working dinner hosted by the High Representative of the EU. On Wednesday, 23 July, Minister Kasoulides will participate in the General Affairs Council of the EU. The agenda will include, inter alia, a presentation of the Italian Presidency work programme, the accession of Lithuania to the Economic and Monetary Union, the implementation of the European Council Conclusions, as well as a Mid-Term Review of “Europe 2020” strategy. Minister Kasoulides will return to Cyprus on Wednesday, 23 July.
Statement of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, 18.07.14
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.
International Criminal Justice Day: Why Cyprus is joining the celebrations - Article by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, 17.07.14
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. More..
Cyprus’ High Commissioner to Australia presents credentials, 16.07.14
The High Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus to the Commonwealth of Australia, Mrs Ioanna Malliotis, presented today, at the Government House in Canberra, her credentials to Australia’s Governor-General, General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd). During a private hearing following the official credentials’ ceremony, the Australian Governor-General, referring to the friendly ties between the two countries, conveyed to the President of the Republic and the Cyprus Government his and the Australian Government’s gratitude for the assistance and support of the members of the Australian Federal Police serving in the United Nations Peace-Keeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) over the last fifty years. More..
Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Permanent Secretary participates in Informal Meeting of EU Development Ministers, 14.07.14
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Alexandros N. Zenon, participates in the Informal Meeting of EU Development Ministers, taking place in Florence on 14-15 July 2014. During the first day of the Meeting, the Italian Presidency of the EU Council will present the programme of the International Exhibition “Expo Milano 2015” and will then discuss the matter of global food security. On 15 July the post 2015 development agenda will be discussed, as well as the role of the private sector in the promotion of the EU’s development policy. The Informal Meeting will be completed with a discussion on immigration and development cooperation.