Source: PIO, CNA
Meeting of the Permanent Secretary with the Assistant Foreign Minister for Political Affairs of the United Arab Emirates, 23.4.14
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Alexandros N. Zenon, met, on 15 April 2014, with Assistant Foreign Minister for Political Affairs of the United Arab Emirates, Mr. Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al Jarman, in the framework of the official visit of the President of the Republic of Cyprus to the United Arab Emirates, on 14-17 April 2014. During the meeting, the two sides reaffirmed the very good level of relations that exist between Cyprus and the United Arab Emirates and exchanged ideas on how to further enhance bilateral cooperation. Ambassador Zenon had the opportunity to brief about recent developments on the Cyprus question. Regional developments, such as the situation in Egypt, Syria and Ukraine were also discussed.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs participated in the Informal Ministerial Meeting of the Mediterranean Group “Med Group”, 17.04.14
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, participated in the Informal Ministerial Meeting of the Mediterranean Group (Med Group) which took place in Alicante, Spain, on 14 April 2014. The Mediterranean Group has been formed on the initiative of the Cypriot Foreign Minister and constitutes an informal negotiation and coordination group of the seven Mediterranean EU member states (Cyprus, Greece, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Malta). The first meeting of the Med Group took place in Brussels last December, chaired by Mr Kasoulides, while Spain hosted the second Ministerial Meeting in Alicante, chaired by the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr José Manuel García-Margallo. During yesterday’s meeting, the Foreign Affairs Ministers of the Med Group discussed issues relating to the Neighborhood Policy, with emphasis on the Southern Dimension, the role of the “Union for the Mediterranean”, as well as the migration flows in the Mediterranean in relation, also, with the followed EU approach.
Announcement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 17.04.14
Cyprus deplores the continued atrocities taking place in Syria as a result of the three- year-old civil war and unequivocally condemns the brutal attacks carried out by extremist groups, like the recent incidents of violence in the Syrian town of Kessab, forcing hundreds of Armenian families to flee. In this regard, we express our grave concern about the future of the religious minorities in Syria, in particular the Christian community, which has been targeted solely for their religious beliefs. Cyprus urges all sides in Syria to immediately end all violence and to work on the comprehensive implementation of the Geneva Communiqué of 30 June 2012 leading to a genuine political transition that meets the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people and enables them independently and democratically to determine their own future. The international community must exert its influence on the warring parties in Syria and make every effort to put an end to the drama of the Syrian people.
Ambassador of Cyprus to Stockholm presents his credentials to the President of the Republic of Latvia, 16.04.14
During a ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Riga yesterday, April 15, the Ambassador of Cyprus to Stockholm, Mr Andreas S. Kakouris, presented his credentials to the President of the Republic of Latvia, Mr Andris Berzins. Following the credentials ceremony and during a meeting with the President of Latvia, they exchanged views regarding the bilateral relations between Cyprus and Latvia and discussed current issues of mutual interest. The Cypriot Ambassador also informed the President on the efforts for solving the Cyprus issue, as well as on economic developments in Cyprus.
Minister of Foreign Affairs participates in Foreign Affairs Council, 15.04.14
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, participated yesterday in the Foreign Affairs Council of the EU, held in Luxembourg. The main topic for discussion during the Council session was the continued crisis in Ukraine. In his intervention, Minister Kasoulides underlined that everyone should focus on the diplomatic efforts that are underway so as to create the necessary conditions for a substantial de-escalation of the crisis. An important ‘weapon’ that we have for the attainment of this goal, he added, is the meeting in Geneva with the participation of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the USA, Russia and Ukraine and the High Representative of the EU. That is where our efforts, as EU, should focus, he noted. More..
Cyprus’ Ambassador to Romania presents credentials to the President of the Republic of Moldova, 15.04.14
The Ambassador of the Republic in Bucharest, Mrs Kalliopi Avraam, presented her credentials on 9 April 2014 to the President of the Republic of Moldova, Mr Nicolae Timofti, during an official ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Chisinau, the capital city of Moldova. During a tête-à-tête talk between Mr Timofti and Mrs Avraam following the ceremony, the discussion focused on the excellent bilateral relations, the prospects for further advancement of cooperation between the two countries in different fields as well as on the Cyprus problem. Moldova’s European course was also discussed with the Association and Free Trade Agreement expected to be signed soon between the Republic of Moldova and the EU. Lastly, particular emphasis was given to the visa liberalization agreement for Moldovan nationals, signed between the EU and Moldova and expected to enter into force by the end of the month.
Minister of Foreign Affairs to participate in the EU Foreign Affairs Council and the Ministerial Meeting of “Med Group”, 13.04.14
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, departs today for Luxemburg to participate in the deliberations of the Foreign Affairs Council of the EU. The Ministers’ discussions will focus, among others, on developments regarding Ukraine, the situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina, as well as various aspects of the Syria crisis. On Wednesday, 16 April, Mr Kasoulides departs for Alicante, Spain, to take part in the first Informal Ministerial Meeting of the Mediterranean Group (Med Group), which consists of seven Mediterranean EU member states (Cyprus, Greece, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Malta). The Foreign Ministers of the Med Group will discuss, inter alia, issues regarding the “Union for the Mediterranean”, migration in relation to EU policies, as well as the developments in Southern Neighborhood countries, with particular emphasis on Libya. The Minister of Foreign Affairs will return to Cyprus on Thursday, 17 April.
Minister of Foreign Affairs concludes official visit to Berlin, 10.04.14
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, concluded today his official visit to Berlin, held at the invitation of his German counterpart, Mr Frank – Wlater Steinmeier, and within the framework of the preparation of the forthcoming visit of the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, to Berlin in May. During his stay in Berlin, Mr Kasoulides had a meeting with the German Foreign Minister, Mr Steinmeier, and with the Presidium of the Bundestag’s German-Cypriot Parliamentary Group. He also held separate meetings with the Director-General of the Foreign Policy and Security Advisor to the Federal Chancellor, Dr Christoph Heusgen, and the Director General for European Affairs at the Federal Chancellery, Dr Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut. More..
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs met with EU Commissioner for Enlargement, 08.04.14
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Alexandros N. Zenon, met today with the member of the European Commission responsible for matters of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Mr Štefan Füle, within the framework of the working visit the latter is paying to the Republic of Cyprus. During the meeting the developments in Ukraine, the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood and the EU-Russia relations were discussed. Moreover, issues pertaining to the talks taking place on the Cyprus problem were discussed.
Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs to Berlin, 07.04.14
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, departs today for Berlin where he will hold a three-day official visit, in view of the upcoming visit of the President of the Republic to Germany next May. During his stay in Berlin, Minister Kasoulides will meet with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany, Mr Frank-Walter Steinmeir, with whom he will discuss, inter alia, bilateral relations, the Cyprus problem, developments in the Eastern Partnership and the situation in the Southern Neighbourhood, the Western Balkans, as well as other European issues of common interest. Μore..
Cyprus’ Ambassador to Moscow presents credentials to the Minister of State of Kazakhstan, 07.04.14
The Ambassador of the Republic to Moscow, Mr George Kasoulides, presented his credentials last Friday to the Minister of State of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Mr Adilbek Dzhaksybekov, as Cyprus’ Ambassador to that country. Presenting his credentials during a ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Astana, Ambassador Kasoulides conveyed the personal greetings of the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, to the President of Kazakhstan, Mr Nursultan Nazarbayev, as well as his wish for the further strengthening of relations between Cyprus and Kazakhstan. During a private meeting following the credentials ceremony, the Cypriot Ambassador thoroughly briefed Mr Dzhaksybekov on the latest developments in the Cyprus problem and expressed gratitude for Kazakhstan’s firm position of principles on the matter. He also informed his interlocutor on the persistent efforts being made vis-à-vis the Cypriot economy, which has started to show the first signs of recovery.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs participated in the Informal Meeting of EU Foreign Ministers in Athens, 06.04.14
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, participated in the Informal Meeting of Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the EU (GYMNICH), which wrapped up its deliberations yesterday, in Athens. The Foreign Ministers of candidate countries, Turkey, Serbia, Montenegro and FYROM, also participated in yesterday’s morning session. The discussion focused on Ukraine and EU – Russia relations, and the Foreign Ministers had an exchange of views concerning the short-term and long-term relations of the EU with Russia, agreeing that the communication channels with Russia need to be preserved. More..
Minister of Foreign Affairs to participate in the Informal Meeting of EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs (GYMNICH), 03.04.14
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides departs for Athens tomorrow, where he will participate in the Informal Meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the European Union (Gymnich), that will take place on 4-5 April. During the deliberations of the Informal Council, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the 28 member states will discuss, inter alia, the developments around the Eastern and Southern Europe, with emphasis on the evaluation of the situation in Ukraine and Syria respectively. During the first day of deliberations, the discussion will be conducted in the presence of the Chairman of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs, Member of the European Parliament, Mr Elmar Brok, while on Saturday the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the countries candidate for accession in the EU have been invited at a joint working breakfast, aimed at exchanging views on the developments in the European Neighbourhood Policy. Within the framework of the Council, Mr Kasoulides will meet with his Estonian counterpart, Mr Urmas Paet. The Minister of Foreign Affairs returns to Cyprus on Saturday, 5 April.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs pays a working visit to the Netherlands, 21.03.14
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Alexandros N. Zenon, paid a working visit to the Netherlands on 19 and 20 March 2014. As part of his visit Ambassador Zenon held consultations with his Dutch counterpart, Ms. Renée Jones-Bos, on a number of bilateral and international issues of mutual interest. Ambassador Zenon had the opportunity to brief about recent developments on the Cyprus question as well as the state of the Cypriot economy. The meeting served as an opportunity for both delegations to reaffirm the very good relations that exist between Cyprus and the Netherlands as well as to explore ways of further enhancing bilateral cooperation. More..
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs rejects false allegations in an article of CNBC, 20.03.14
As regards yesterday’s (19/3/2014) article titled “Mapped: Where Russia Stashes its Cash” by John Schoen, which was posted on CNBC’s website, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus wishes to express its utmost regret that common allegations presenting Cyprus as a “safety net” for the wealthy Russian oligarchs still persist. We outright dismiss these allegations, which are created for reasons of expediency, as preposterous and obsolete. At this critical political juncture for the EU, allegations of this sort are irrelevant to the implementation of specific restrictive measures (i.e. asset freeze and visa ban) decided by the EU against individuals responsible for actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine. Cyprus abides by its obligations as an EU Member State and will accordingly implemented without fail any measures on the basis of agreed Decisions adopted at EU level.
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to pay a two-day working visit to The Hague, 19.03.14
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Alexandros N. Zenon, will pay a two-day working visit to The Hague on 20-21 March. In the framework of his visit, Mr Zenon will hold a meeting with his counterpart at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Secretary-General, Mrs Renée Jones-Bos. During the meeting, the two sides will discuss bilateral relations, developments concerning the Cyprus problem, as well as international and regional matters. The Permanent Secretary will also visit the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the International Criminal Court (ICC), both having their seats at The Hague. He will have a meeting with the OPCW’s Director-General with whom they will discuss the Organisation’s work with respect to the destruction of chemical weapons in Syria. It is noted that the support base of the UN - OPCW joint mission for the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons is established in Cyprus. Lastly, Mr Zenon will also meet with the ICC’s President, Judge Sang-Hyun Song. In the framework of his working visit, Mr Zenon will also have meetings with Dutch Members of the European Parliament and reporters.