Source: PIO, CNA
Announcement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the death of the Russian politician Boris Nemtsov, 28.02.15
We express our repugnance of the brutal murder of the Russian politician Boris Nemtsov. The perpetrators must be found and justice should be attributed to this criminal act. The Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus to Moscow will participate in a tribute ceremony to be held this afternoon (5pm local time) at the scene of the murder, in the presence of diplomats from all the Embassies of the EU member states.
The Permanent Secretary pays working visit to Austria, 27.02.15
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Mr Alexandros N. Zenon, is paying a working visit to Austria, on 26-27 February. During the first day of the visit, Ambassador Zenon held political consultations with the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Austria, Ambassador Mr Michael Linhart. During the meeting, bilateral relations between Cyprus and Austria were discussed, as well as the Cyprus problem, the relations of the EU with Turkey, Russia and Ukraine, and regional issues, with emphasis on Syria, Egypt and Western Balkans. Ambassador Zenon will meet today the Third President of the National Council of Austria, Mr Norbert Hofer.
Minister of Foreign Affairs to participate in AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington D.C., 26.02.15
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, departs on 28 February for Washington D.C. to participate in a three-day Policy Conference organized by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), one of the most powerful lobbying groups in the United States. Minister Kasoulides will be a keynote speaker at a working dinner, in the presence of National Security Forum participants of the Conference and Washington-based diplomats. He will also meet with AIPAC’s Executive Board Members. During his stay in Washington D.C., the Foreign Minister will meet with Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs, Mrs Victoria Nuland, as well as with members of the Senate, the Congress and representatives of think tanks and policy institutions.
The Republic of Cyprus and the Russian Federation signed a number of Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding, 25.02.15
The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, and the President of the Russian Federation, Mr Vladimir Putin, met today at the Presidential Residence in Moscow, where they held private talks, followed by extended consultations of the delegations of the two countries. Following the working lunch, the President of Cyprus and the President of Russia signed the Joint Action Program between the Republic of Cyprus and the Russian Federation for 2015-2017, which constitutes an umbrella document, covering numerous areas of the prolific cooperation between the two countries. In the presence of the two Presidents, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Ministry of Finance of Cyprus and the Ministry of Education and Sciences of Russia for cooperation in the fields of research and technology. More..
Cyprus Ambassador to Italy presents credentials, 19.02.15
The new Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to Italy, Mr Tasos Tzionis, presented, on February 18, his credentials to the new President of Italy, Mr Sergio Mattarella, during an official ceremony at the Quirinal Presidential Palace in Rome.
Minister of Foreign Affairs to participate in the 2nd Ministerial Meeting of Med Group, 19.02.15
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, is travelling today to Paris to participate in the 2nd ministerial meeting of the Mediterranean Group (Med Group). Med Group was established following an initiative by Minister Kasoulides. It constitutes an informal coordination and consultation group of the seven Mediterranean member states of the European Union on issues of common interest. The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Greece, France, Spain, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Cyprus, as well as the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Mrs Federica Mogherini, will attend the ministerial meeting. More..
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemns the barbaric beheadings of Egyptian Christians, 16.02.15
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus condemns in the strongest possible terms the barbaric beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians who had been kidnapped by so-called “Islamic State” militants in Libya. The event clearly signals another dangerous turn in the offensive by the “Islamic State” to expand its control across the region. This inhuman act once again underscores the urgent need for the international community to intensify its fight against terrorism and violent extremism as well as for a political resolution to the conflict in Libya the soonest possible. Cyprus is particularly appalled by “Islamic State” efforts to physically eliminate ancient ethnic and religious minorities, including Christians. We have long advocated about the need to actively and more insistently protect religious minorities from persecution by radical Islamist forces.
Announcement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemning the terrorist attacks in Copenhagen, Denmark, 15.02.15
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus condemns yesterday's terrorist attacks in Copenhagen, in which two persons tragically lost their lives and five police officers were wounded. This is yet another alarming reminder that terrorism knows no borders. Acts of terrorism oppose and seek to undermine our fundamental values of freedom of expression, the rule of law, the respect and tolerance towards different faiths and beliefs. These values we share and espouse. We stand by Denmark in its continuing determination to tackle terrorism. We express our deepest condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims and to the people of Denmark.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomes the Minsk ceasefire agreement, 13.02.15
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus welcomes the Agreement in Minsk for a ceasefire in the conflict-affected areas in Ukraine, reached by the leaders of Ukraine, the Russian Federation, Germany and France. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs commends the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the French President Francois Hollande for their indispensable diplomatic initiative, which resulted in this promising outcome for peace and stability in Ukraine. This opportunity should strengthen the momentum of all efforts aiming at reaching a lasting political solution of the Ukrainian crisis. To this end, we call upon all parties directly-involved in this conflict, to implement in good faith the latest Minsk outcome and to refrain from any action that may undermine the fragile ceasefire, thereby paving the way for the alleviation of the humanitarian crisis and the creation of conditions of stability in Ukraine and of normalisation in the relations between the EU and the Russian Federation.
Announcement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the European Parliament resolution concerning the mass graves of missing persons, 12.02.15
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomes the resolution adopted by the European Parliament on mass graves of the missing persons of Ashia at Ornithi village in the occupied part of Cyprus. The resolution was submitted jointly by all the political groups and its adoption was the result of the cooperation and coordinated action of the Cypriot Members of the European Parliament with the Permanent Representation of the Republic in Brussels and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. More..
Cyprus Ambassador to Esthonia presents credentials, 12.02.15
The new Ambassador of the Republic to Esthonia, stationed in Helsinki, Finland, Mr Evagelos Savva presented, on February 12, his credentials to the President of Esthonia, Mr Toomas Hendrik Ilves, during a formal ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Tallin. Presenting his credentials, Mr Savva conveyed the warm greetings of the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, to the President, the Government and the people of Esthonia, and expressed his gratitude for the principled position of Esthonia on the Cyprus problem. During the private meeting which followed, Messrs Savva and Ilves discussed issues of bilateral relations of the two countries as well as the developments on the Cyprus problem and other regional and international issues such as the Ukraine crisis and the situation in the Middle East. Finally, Mr Ilves wished the efforts for a peaceful reunification of Cyprus to succeed the soonest possible. More..
Minister of Foreign Affairs’ speech at the European Policy Center - References to Turkey, 11.02.15
In his speech at the European Policy Center that was delivered on February 10 in Brussels, titled “View from a front line EU Member State: Cyprus and the security and stability of the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean”, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, referred to Turkey, saying that as one of the biggest secular Muslim countries of the region, it could play an important role in enhancing the regional security and stability, but unfortunately its actions deprive it from this right. He pointed out that Turkey was the only country of the region which broke the embargo on Iran by implementing a “gold for oil” policy, not respecting international obligations and laws. More..
The Minister of Foreign Affairs participated in the meeting of Foreign Ministers of the European People's Party, 10.02.15
The issue of Greece was extensively discussed today during the meeting of the Ministers of Foreign and European Affairs of the European People's Party, which was held before the EU’s General Affairs Council (GAC) that will be held today in Brussels. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, called upon his counterparts to take into consideration the messages sent by the European citizens and in particular, the message of the elections in Greece, Podemos movement in Spain, Marin Le Pen in France and Beppe Grillo’s movement in Italy. We should also take into consideration, the message of the recent elections of the European Parliament. Even if all member states fulfill their obligations, the hope that the Eurozone’s economy will lead us to prosperity and competitiveness is absent, the Minister of Foreign Affairs said. Minister Kasoulides added: “Today, stagnation, very low development and deflation are prevailing. On the contrary, in the USA, where the Federal Reserve Bank has for many years implemented the qualitative abatement, citizens now enjoy development and decrease of unemployment. In Europe, the European Central Bank still hesitates emulated by inexplicable conservatism”, Mr Kasoulides concluded.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs held contacts in Brussels, 09.02.15
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, hosted today, in Brussels, a working breakfast of the EU Foreign Ministers with the participation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lebanon, Mr Gebran Bassil. The European External Action Service, as well as European Commissioners Johannes Hahn and Christos Stylianides, also participated. The meeting, which was an initiative of Minister Kasoulides, served as an opportunity to discuss the multiple challenges that Lebanon faces, as a result of the spill-over from the Syrian and Iraqi crises. More..
The Minister of Foreign Affairs to participate in the Foreign Affairs and the General Affairs Councils of the EU, 06.02.15
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, will participate in the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) of the European Union, to be held in Brussels on Monday, 9 February. During FAC’s deliberations, the discussion of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs is expected to be focused, inter alia, on the developments in Libya and Yemen, EU regional strategy for Syria and Iraq, counter terrorism and the EU-Africa relations. More..
The Minister of Foreign Affairs met with the Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy, 06.02.15
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, met today, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with the Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy, Mr Benedetto Della Vedova. Minister Kasoulides and Mr Della Vedova had a private meeting, followed by official talks between the delegations of the two countries. Issues on the agenda included, inter alia, bilateral relations and possible ways to further deepening them, the Cyprus problem, energy related issues and the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean. After the conclusion of the talks, the two Ministers made the following statements to the Press: More..