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Travel Advice for Turkey, 21.7.16
Avoid non-essential travel.
Details: After the recent events (coup attempt on 15/07/2016) the unsettled situation in the country is not expected to be restored soon and further deterioration of the situation may follow. The Turkish government has declared the entire country in a state of emergency for a period of 3 months (from 21 of July 2016). In addition to that, after the recent terrorist bomb attacks and the violent incidents arising from the public demonstrations in several cities in Turkey, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) urges all Cypriot citizens who intend to travel to Turkey in the coming period to avoid doing so. The MFA also advises Cypriot citizens who may reside, visit or intent to visit the country, to avoid traveling to certain areas if it’s not necessary where is the epicenter of tensions due to the latest developments, such as Istanbul, Ankara, southeastern Turkey and areas near military installations. Furthermore, the country after the continuous bomb attacks in its territory on the last three years (from 05/2013 to 07/2016), faces a high terrorist threat and further terrorist attacks may be repeated. More..
Foreign Minister participates in EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels, 18.7.16
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, participated in the EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) meeting, held today, 18 July 2016, in Brussels. Issues on the Council's agenda included, inter alia, the situation in Turkey following the coup attempt and the terrorist attack in France. The EU Ministers also exchanged views on the EU’s Global Security Strategy and attended a working lunch in the presence of the US Secretary of State, Mr John Kerry, during which they reviewed issues of mutual interest. During the discussion on Turkey, Minister Kasoulides condemned the coup and underlined the importance of respecting the constitutional rule of law and authorities. He also indicated that a main factor of the coup’s failure was the reaction of the people who defended democracy. Therefore, Minister Kasoulides stressed, the EU should remain firm regarding its decisions on the protection of democracy and freedom of the Press, insisting, for example, on the change of the anti-terrorist law in Turkey. In this pretext, hundreds of journalists are being imprisoned, the Minister of Foreign Affairs underlined. More..
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the context of the UNSG’s Reports on Cyprus, 15.7.16
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has examined the Reports of the UN Secretary-General (UNSG) on the renewal of the mandate of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) and the Mission of Good Services of the UN Secretary-General on the Cyprus problem. The Report on the Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus records the facts occurred during the period under consideration, which are mainly of technical nature. The Government welcomes the fact that, after its representations towards the United Nations, both in Nicosia and New York, the questionable references to recent fires in Troodos, which could act negatively to the negotiations process, have been removed. However, it is noted that there are still inaccurate and non-objective references in the Report, such as the reference to the serious violation of the status quo in Stovilia area, as well as other problematic formalities. In view of the examination of the Reports by the UN Security Council (UNSC) during the next days, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs continues its representations. The Report on the Mission of Good Offices of the Secretary-General is considered satisfactory, since it describes objectively the development of the negotiations process and its perspective, underlining that, despite the achieved progress, further work and effort are needed on sensitive and difficult issues. As regards the references of the Good Services Report to the preparatory work for the lifting of the suspension of the implementation of the aquis throughout Cyprus after the achievement of a solution, it is noted that the criterion of the Cyprus Government remains that this work should be carried in a way compatible to the existing conditions and the role of the Republic of Cyprus as a member state of the European Union.
The new High Commissioner of Cyprus in Mozambique presented his credentials, 15.7.16
The new High Commissioner of Cyprus in Mozambique, based in Pretoria, Mr Yiannis Iacovou, presented on 13 July 2016 his credentials to the President of Mozambique, Mr Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, during an official ceremony. Presenting his credentials, Mr Iacovou conveyed the warm greetings and good wishes of President Anastasiades to President Nyusi and the people of Mozambique for progress and prosperity. As regards the bilateral relations, the new High Commissioner expressed his readiness to work for their further enhancement for mutual benefit. Mr Iacovou expressed Cyprus’ gratitude for Mozambique’s stance, as shown in the context of the UN and the Commonwealth, regarding the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of the country, as well as Mozambique’s support to the efforts for reaching a solution to the Cyprus problem, based on the UN Security Council resolutions and the principles of international law.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly condemns the terrorist attacks in Nice, 15.07.16
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus strongly condemns the cowardly terrorist attack carried out on Bastille Day in Nice, France targeting innocent people and leaving behind numerous casualties. It is tragic that the victims of this senseless attack were targeted while celebrating the extraordinary resilience and democratic values that have made France an inspiration to the entire world. The Ministry expresses sincere condolences and sympathy to the victims’ families, the Government and the people of the French Republic. Cyprus will continue to stand firmly with the French people during this time of tragedy and alongside France in the fight against terrorism. Cyprus reaffirms its condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and calls on all concerned to combine and intensify their efforts to combat this scourge and put an end to such heinous crimes.
Travel Advice - South Sudan, 12.07.16
Travel Advice for the citizens of the Republic of Cyprus who are permanent residents, are travelling or intend to visit South Sudan. The citizens of the Republic of Cyprus, who are permanent residents, visitors or intend to travel to South Sudan, are advised to avoid all travel. Cypriot citizens are advised to limit their movement, monitor news reports (international and local) for any developments, and follow the instructions of the local Authorities. More..
The Minister of Foreign Affairs met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates, 11.07.16
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, had a meeting today with H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates, in the context of Sheikh Abdullah’s European tour. The two Ministers had a private meeting, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lefkosia, followed by official talks of the delegations of the two countries and statements to the Press. Sheikh Abdullah was also received by the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades. More..
Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates to pay an official visit to Cyprus, 08.07.16
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, will pay an official visit to Cyprus on Monday, 11 July 2016. Cyprus is his first stop of a series of visits in European capitals. During the official talks between the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, with his counterpart from the UAE, views will be exchanged on the regional developments and security challenges and the relations of the EU with the Gulf Cooperation Council. Minister Kasoulides will brief the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the UAE on the latest developments on the Cyprus problem. Also, the bilateral relations will be reviewed, and ways for their further deepening will be examined. Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah will be received by the President of the Republic, and later in the evening, the official inauguration ceremony of the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Lefkosia will be held, in the presence of the President of the Republic.
8th World Conference of Young Overseas Cypriots (NEPOMAK) and the 26th Session of the Central Council of POMAK – PSEKA, 08.07.16
The 8th World Conference of Young Overseas Cypriots (NEPOMAK) and the 26th Session of the Central Council of the World Federation of Overseas Cypriots – International Coordinating Committee Justice for Cyprus (POMAK – PSEKA), will be held at the Filoxenia Conference Center in Nicosia 26 – 28 July, 2016. The Conferences will be inaugurated by HE President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr. Nicos Anastasiades on Tuesday, 26 July at 7.00 pm. The President of the House of Representatives Mr. Demetris Syllouris, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, the Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs and Overseas Cypriots Mr. Photis Photiou, the President of POMAK Mr Andreas Papaevripides, the President of PSEKA Mr Philip Christopher and the President of NEPOMAK Mrs. Antonia Savvides will also address the opening ceremony. Following the conclusion of the Conferences on Thursday, 28 July at 17.30 a Press Conference will be held at the Filoxenia Conference Center.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemns the terrorist attack in Iraq, 07.07.16
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus strongly condemns the terrorist attack that took place on 03 July 2016, at the Karrada district in Bagdad, during which hundreds of innocent civilians were killed and many more injured. We express our sincere condolences to the families of the victims and our unwavering support to the Government and the friendly people of Iraq. We strongly condemn this heinous act, which underlines the need for the international community to remain steadfast in its efforts to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly condemns the terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia, 06.07.16
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus strongly condemns the terrorist attacks carried out on 4 July 2016, in Saudi Arabia, including in the holy city of Medina, during Ramadan targeting innocent people and leaving behind numerous casualties. We wish to express our sincere condolences and sympathy to the victims’ families, the Government and the people of Saudi Arabia. Cyprus reaffirms its condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and calls on all concerned to combine and intensify their efforts to combat this scourge and put an end to such heinous crimes. The Republic of Cyprus assures the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia of its solidarity in the fight against terrorism.
The President of the Republic receives the credentials of the High Commissioner of the United Kingdom, 30.06.16
The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, received today, at a formal ceremony at the Presidential Palace, the credentials of the High Commissioner of the United Kingdom to the Republic of Cyprus, Mr John Christopher William (Matthew) Kidd. Presenting his credentials, High Commissioner Kidd said: “Mr President, It was already a privilege and a pleasure to be appointed a first time to serve as British High Commissioner in Cyprus. During that first term, Cyprus underwent some of the most difficult moments of its existence; but by the time I left was already starting to prove that, with clear planning, determination and a cool head it could overcome these. It was a matter of personal pride to me that the United Kingdom was able to find practical ways to show its solidarity and support for Cyprus in this time of need, as friends should. More..
The President of the Republic receives the credentials of the Ambassador of Georgia, 30.06.16
The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, received today, at a formal ceremony at the Presidential Palace, the credentials of the Ambassador of Georgia to the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Revaz Lominadze. Presenting his credentials, Ambassador Lominadze said: “Your Excellency, Mr President, It’s a great honor for me to have the opportunity to represent my country to the Republic of Cyprus. Let me convey the greetings and good wishes of the President, the Government and the people of Georgia and on behalf of them, I would like to express my most sincere gratitude to the Government and people of Cyprus for numerous aspects: Cyprus shares Georgia’s important values and supports my country’s European aspirations, as well as sovereignty and territorial integrity. More..
Political consultations – Press Release, 29.06.16
Within the framework of regular contacts between the Cypriot and Greek Ministries of Foreign Affairs, political consultations were held today, 29 June 2016, at the level of Political Directors of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus, Ambassador Pantias Eliades and his Greek counterpart, Ambassador Petros Mavroidis. The Political Directors reaffirmed the high level of bilateral relations and the excellent level of cooperation, both within the EU and in the context of international organizations. Ambassadors Eliades and Mavroidis exchanged views on the latest developments regarding the Cyprus Question as well as EU-Turkey relations. The agenda also included migration, the trilateral cooperation mechanisms, Western Balkans the situation in the broader Middle East and North Africa, the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy, the Ukrainian crisis and EU-Russia relations. There was also an exchange of views on Brexit and its possible ramifications both for the EU and its Member States.
Foreign Ministers of Cyrpus and France had a telephone communication on the outcome of the British referendum, 29.06.16
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, and his French counterpart, Mr Jean-Marc Ayrault, had yesterday a telephone communication, at an initiative of the French Minister. The two Ministers discussed exclusively the developments following the outcome of the referendum in the United Kingdom for the exit of the country from the European Union. Ministers Kasoulides and Ayrault exchanged views on the next steps, while they agreed that the situation should be addressed with composure, unity and continuity. The EU of 27 will be safeguarded and enhanced.
Ambassador Leonidas Pantelides presented his credentials to the President of the USA, Barack Obama, 28.06.16
The Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Leonidas Pantelides, presented yesterday his credentials to the President of the United States of America, Mr Barack Obama, during a ceremony held at the White House, Washington. Ambassador Pantelides conveyed to President Obama the greetings of the Government and the people of Cyprus, reaffirming the deep relations of friendship, cooperation and common values that link the two countries. He also noted the active presence of American companies in Cyprus on the field of hydrocarbon exploitation in the Cyprus EEZ and sent a message of encourgament for the further expansion of the trade relations of Cyprus and the USA. Mr Pantelides also expressed graditude for the support provided by the American Government to the efforts for the reunification of Cyprus, under the auspices of the United Nations. In his written reply, President Obama referred to the long history of friendship and strategic partnership of the USA with Cyprus. He also referred to the continuously strengthening bilateral ties both in the economic field and the promotion of peace and security to our region. On the Cyprus problem, President Obama congratulated him on the remarkable progress being made towards a settelement of the Cyprus problem. He reiterated that he remains fully committed to supporting Cypriot-led efforts to reunify Cyprus as a bizonal, bicommunal federation. Finally, he stressed that the United States will continue to support the leaders of the two communities in their efforts to achieve a just and lasting solution, expressing his hope that they will seize the opportunity to create a better future for all Cypriots.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemns the terrorist attack in Jordan, 22.06.16
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus strongly condemns yesterday’s terrorist attack targeting the Jordanian Armed Forces, at the Kingdom’s northeastern border, and resulted in numerous casualties. We wish to express our sincere condolences and sympathy to the victims’ families, the Government and the people of Jordan. Cyprus reaffirms its condemnation of all forms of terrorism and calls for the intensification of the efforts to combat this scourge, putting an end to such crimes. We stand together with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in the common struggle against terrorism and violent extremism.
Foreign Minister participated in EU Foreign Affairs Council, 21.0616
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, participated in a meeting of the Council of Foreign Affairs (FAC) of the EU, held yesterday in Luxembourg. The Council discussed, inter alia, the future integrated EU policy for the Arctic, the EU comprehensive approach to security and development in the Sahel region, developments in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), the Middle East Peace Process, and visa liberalization in the context of EU-Georgia relations. During the discussion regarding FYROM, Minister Kasoulides said the situation in the country raised concern and that the people were rightfully seeking solutions to their problems. However, it would be a mistake to think of the EU as the panacea for all problems, Mr Kasoulides further said, noting that FYROM itself should primarily adopt the necessary measures. Moreover, during a working luncheon EU Ministers had a discussion on the Middle East peace process, in light of the ministerial meeting on a Middle East peace initiative which took place in Paris on 3 June 2016. The Ministers were briefed by the EU Special Representative to the Middle East, Mr Fernando Gentilini, who informed about the state of play on the forthcoming Quartet report.
Foreign Minister to participate in the EU Foreign and General Affairs Council and pay an official visit to Andorra, 18.06.16
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, will participate in the EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC), the deliberations of which will be held in Luxembourg, on Monday, 20 June 2016. Foreign Ministers will discuss the integrated EU policy for the Arctic, the situation in Sahel, the situation in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and the visa policy in the context of the EU-Georgia relations. Also, during an unofficial working lunch, the Council will discuss the Middle East Peace Process. On Friday, 24 June 2016, Minister Kasoulides will participate in the deliberations of the EU General Affairs Council. The Council will prepare the European Council on 28-29 June 2016, with main issues of discussion the migration, employment, development and investments, foreign relations and the results of the referendum in the United Kingdom. In the margins of the GAC, the priorities of the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU, to be assumed on 1 July, will also be presented. More..
Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 17.06.16
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus strongly condemns the gun attack, last Sunday, 12 June 2016, at Orlando, Florida, causing the death of around 50 people and the wounding of so many others. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses sincere condolences and deep sympathy to the families of the victims and wishes speedy and full recovery of the injured persons. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus strongly condemns such acts of terror, hatred and racism, resulting in the loss of innocent lives, wounding people and disrupting the peaceful life of citizens and people anywhere in the world.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs concluded his contacts to the USA, 14.06.16
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, concluded yesterday, 13 June 2016, his contacts to the United States. Mr Kasoulides had separate meeting with the Secretary of State of the USA, Mr John Kerry, and the Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs, Mrs Victoria Nuland. In statements to the Press after his meetings, Minister Kasoulides expressed pleasure for the results of the meetings, and reaffirmed the sincere interest on the American part. As regards the Cyprus problem, Mr Kasoulides underlined that the United States respect the process followed under the auspices of the UN for finding a solution to the Cyprus problem, as well as the fact that the result of the solution will be owned by the leaders of the two communities. More..
Foreign Minister met with his American counterpart, in Washington 14.06.16
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, who is currently in the United States, had yesterday, 13 June 2016, a meeting with the Secretary of State of the US, Mr John Kerry, whom he briefed on the developments to the Cyprus problem. In statements to the Press before the meeting, the American Minister reiterated the support of the USA for finding a solution to the Cyprus problem, while he expressed his country’s readiness to cooperate closer with the Republic of Cyprus on economy and security issues. Secretary Kerry expressed the hope that the re-engagement that has just taken place in the last days will produce some progress. He also noted his intention to traveling back to Cyprus at some time in the not too distant future. More..
Announcement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the result of the elections for the Presidency of the UN General Assembly, 13.06.16
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs would like to thank the member states of the United Nations, which supported the candidature of Ambassador Andreas Mavroyiannis for the post of President of the General Assembly during the period of September 2016 – September 2017. The fact that election to the presidency of the General Assembly was not achieved, does not, in any way, diminish the importance of the efforts of the Minister and of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as of Ambassador Mavroyiannis himself, towards this goal. The recognition and high esteem enjoyed by the Cypriot candidate is demonstrated by the great number of votes he received. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to express its sincere congratulations to Ambassador Peter Thomson, Permanent Representative of the Fiji Islands to the UN, for his election, and wishes him every success.
UN high-level open debate on protecting civilians in the context of peacekeeping operations - Statement by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Ioannis Kasoulides, 10.06.16
Cyprus subscribes to the statement delivered by the European Union. I would like to add some remarks in my national capacity. The need for the protection of civilians during armed conflict could not be more self-evident. Yet, and despite progress in the efforts to protecting civilians in the past years, the situation for civilians in today’s conflicts remains deeply worrisome, as identified in the latest UN SG report, and stems from the disrespect of international humanitarian law and lack of accountability. Protection of civilians remains an obligation of all UN peace operations and forms part of the mandate of currently 10 peacekeeping missions. However, the role of UN peacekeeping in this regard should not undermine the primary responsibility of governments to provide protection to their citizens. More..
National Security Strategy, 01.02.16
The Minister of Foreign Affairs has been mandated by the Council of Ministers to elaborate, in cooperation with the Ministers of Defence and Justice and Public Order, the National Security Strategy of the Republic of Cyprus for a five year period, commencing January 2017. The rapid transformation of the international strategic and geopolitical environment has significantly affected the security situation in the Eastern Mediterranean region. The Government has decided to proceed with the elaboration of a National Security Strategy so that the Republic of Cyprus will be in a position to adequately address the challenges of the new security environment, for the protection of its vital interests and of all Cypriot citizens. More..