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The Overseas Cypriots Conference continues its works, 26.08.2015
The 18th World Conference of the Council of the World Federation of Overseas Cypriots (POMAK) and the International Coordinating Committee “Justice for Cyprus” (PSEKA) continued today 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 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. At the same time, the members of NEPOMAK attended a workshop hosted by CYTA, on “The Role of New Technologies to Rally and Connect Overseas Cypriots”. Ways were analysed, with which the use of new technologies can bring expatriates closer to their roots, raise awareness about the Cyprus problem and enable the younger generation to network and build connections with Cypriots in Cyprus and around the world. Then, the participants were briefed by the Heads and/or Representatives of parliamentary parties. More..

Opening ceremony of the World Conference of Overseas Cypriots, in Nicosia, 25.08.15
The opening ceremony of the 18th World Conference of the Council of the World Federation of Overseas Cypriots (POMAK) and the International Coordinating Committee “Justice for Cyprus” (PSEKA), as well as the annual meeting of the Executive Council of Young Overseas Cypriots (NEPOMAK) was held today at “FILOXENIA” Conference Center, in Nicosia. The Conferences were declared open by the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades. During the opening ceremony, 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, Mr Fotis Fotiou, the Director of the Division of Overseas and Repatriated Cypriots of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Leonidas Markides, the President of POMAK, Mr Andreas Papaevripides, the President of PSEKA, Mr Philip Christofer, the President of NEPOMAK, Mrs Antonia Savvides, and the Head of the General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad, Mr Michalis Kokkinos, addressed, inter alia, the opening ceremony. More..


Opening Ceremony of the 18th World Conference of Overseas Cypriots (POMAK and PSEKA) and the Executive Council Meeting of Young Overseas Cypriots (NEPOMAK), 20.08.15
The Opening Ceremony of the 18th World Conference of Overseas Cypriots (POMAK and PSEKA) and the Executive Council Meeting of Young Overseas Cypriots (NEPOMAK) will be held at the Filoxenia Conference Center in Nicosia the 25th August 2015. The Opening Ceremony will be broadcasted live over the internet via Cytanet Live Streaming 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.

18th World Conference of Overseas Cypriots (POMAK and PSEKA) and the Executive Council Meeting of Young Overseas Cypriots (NEPOMAK), 18.08.15
The 18th World Conference of Overseas Cypriots (POMAK and PSEKA) and the Executive Council Meeting of Young Overseas Cypriots (NEPOMAK) will be held at the Filoxenia Conference Center in Nicosia between 25-27 August 2015. The Conferences will be inaugurated by HE the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Nicos Anastasiades on Tuesday, 25 August at 19:00. 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 Mr. Fotis Fotiou, the President of POMAK Mr Andreas Papaevripides, the President of PSEKA Mr Philip Christopher and the President of NEPOMAK Ms Antonia Savvides will also address the opening ceremony. Following the conclusion of the Conferences on Friday, 28 August at 10.am, a Press Conference will be held at the Filoxenia Conference Center.

Establishment of diplomatic relations between Cyprus and Palau, 10.08.15
The Republic of Cyprus and the Republic of Palau have officially established diplomatic relations on 10 August 2015. The Protocol for the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations was signed by the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Cyprus to the United Nations, Ambassador Nicholas Emiliou and the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Palau to the United Nations, Ambassador Caleb Otto. The two countries cooperate within the framework of international organizations. The establishment of diplomatic relations will promote further the traditionally friendly relations between the two countries.

New Ambassador of the Republic to the State of Israel presents credentials, 06.08.15
The new Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to the State of Israel, Mrs Thessalia-Salina Shambos, presented today, 6 August 2015, her credentials to the President of Israel, Mr Reuven Rivlin, during an official ceremony held in Jerusalem. During the ceremony, the President of Israel referred to the close bonds of friendship and cooperation between Cyprus and Israel, as well as the long-standing geographical and historical bonds. President Rivlin underlined that the visits of the President of the Republic to Jerusalem and the Prime Minister of Israel to Nicosia, within a short time, show the close cooperation and friendship between the two neighboring countries, which constitute pillars of stability and security, and that the cooperation in specific areas, such as energy, will contribute to the deepening of the bilateral relations. More..

Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs concerning the arson attack in the West Bank, 04.08.15
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus condemns the horrific arson attack by Israeli settlers that resulted in the death of a Palestinian toddler. The attack constitutes a deplorable act of terrorism, as recognized and characterized as such by the Prime Minister of Israel, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu. We extend our deepest and sincere condolences to the Dawabsha family for its tragic loss and, furthermore, wish a speedy recovery to the parents and the sibling of the deceased child, who were seriously injured in the attack. It is imperative that the perpetrators of this heinous act are brought to justice at the earliest by the Israeli Authorities. Given that such attacks could unfortunately result in a spiral of violence and, in the process, potentially derail efforts towards a negotiated solution, we urge all concerned sides to take all the requisite measures to prevent any further exacerbation of violence and to de-escalate tensions.

UN peace-keeping mission in Cyprus renewed for six months by Security Council, 30.07.15
The Security Council extended yesterday the mandate of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) for six months, until 31 January 2016, and welcomed resumed negotiations between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders to reach a comprehensive settlement. Through the unanimous adoption of a new resolution, the Council also urged parties to implement confidence-building measures and looked forward to agreement on further steps, including military confidence-building measures and the opening of other crossing points, which could contribute to a conducive environment for a settlement. The Council also called on both sides to continue to engage, “as a matter of urgency,” in consultations with UNFICYP on the demarcation of the buffer zone and on the UN 1989 aide-memoire, with a view to reaching early agreement on outstanding issues. It also called on the Turkish Cypriot side and Turkish forces to restore the military status quo in Strovilia, which existed there before 30 June 2000.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs met with the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, 24.07.15
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, met today with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, Mrs Federica Mogherini. Mrs Mogherini’s visit was held as part of her outreach to all the EU member states. Mr Kasoulides and Mrs Mogherini had a tete-a-tete meeting, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, followed by official talks, statements to the Press and working lunch. Issues on the agenda included, inter alia, the developments on the Cyprus problem, the Southern Neighbourhood, EU-Russia relations and Energy Diplomacy. The developments in Syria, Egypt and Libya, as well as ways, with which Cyprus could contribute to the EU efforts and involvement in the region, were also discussed. More..

Minister of Foreign Affairs participates in the EU Foreign Affairs Council, 20.07.15
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, participated in the deliberations of the Council for Foreign Affairs (FAC) of the European Union, held today in Brussels. During the Council’s deliberations, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Ms Federica Mogherini, briefed Ministers about the agreement reached on Iran’s nuclear program. In his intervention, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, after welcoming the achieving of the agreement, he stressed that the EU, through the High Representative and the three partners involved in all stages of the negotiations, played a key role in the successful outcome of the talks. “I warmly congratulate the colleagues for their contribution, which indicates the extent of the role EU can play on the international stage,” noted Minister Kasoulides. In conclusion, he said that the agreement could pave the way for solving the problems that beset the Middle East such as Syria, Lebanon and Yemen. More..

The Minister of Foreign Affairs to participate in the EU Foreign Affairs and the General Affairs Councils, 17.07.15
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, will participate in the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) of the EU, to be held in Brussels on Monday, 20 July. Deliberations in the FAC are expected to be focused, inter alia, on the outcome of the E3+3 negotiations with Iran for its nuclear programme, the developments in Tunisia and Libya, the Middle East Peace Process, as well as the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy for 2015-2019. Moreover, the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister of Tunisia will participate in the Minister’s lunch. During his stay in Brussels, Minister Kasoulides will sign a bilateral agreement with his Belgian counterpart on the mutual protection of classified information. The Minister of Foreign Affairs will return to Cyprus on Tuesday, 21 July.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs met with his British counterpart, 17.07.15
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, met today with the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom, Mr. Philip Hammond, who is paying a working visit to Cyprus. Minister Kasoulides had a tete-a-tete meeting with his British counterpart, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, followed by official talks between the delegations of the two countries, statements to the Press and a working lunch. Issues on the agenda included, inter alia, the bilateral relations and possible ways for their enhancement, the Cyprus problem, the UK’s position for the need for an EU reform, as well as regional issues of common interest. Speaking to journalists, Minister Kasoulides, after welcoming his British counterpart to Cyprus, stressed that “Secretary Hammond was briefed by the President and then by me on the latest developments and progress in the talks between the two leaders on the resolution of the Cyprus problem and on the prospects of moving forward at this critical juncture. As you know, besides the historical link between Cyprus and the UK, the UK is a permanent member of the UN Security Council, penholder of draft Resolutions on Cyprus, including 541 and 550. More..

Visit of the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom to Cyprus, 16.07.15
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, will meet tomorrow with the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom, Mr. Philip Hammond, who will pay a working visit to Cyprus. Minister Kasoulides will have a tete-a-tete meeting with his British counterpart, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, followed by official talks between the delegations of the two countries, statements to the Press and a working lunch. Issues on the agenda include, inter alia, the bilateral relations and possible ways for their enhancement, the Cyprus problem, the UK’s position for the need for an EU reform, migration, as well as regional issues of common interest. During his visit, the UK Foreign Secretary will be received by the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades.

Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the Iranian nuclear agreement, 15.07.15
The Republic of Cyprus welcomes the historic agreement reached by the E3/EU+3 (United Kingdom, France, Germany, USA, Russia and China) and Iran in Vienna on 14 July 2015 on the nuclear program of Iran, after more than two years of intense and vigorous negotiations. This agreement, which was perhaps unconceivable a few years ago, is a testament that diplomacy and constructive engagement can solve even the most complex international issues. The implementation of this agreement will no doubt have long term ramifications to the entire Middle East and beyond. Furthermore, through this honourable agreement, Iran should assume a constructive and responsible regional role, contributing positively to the peaceful resolution of the many problems that are currently besetting the Middle East.

UN Secretary-General’s report on UNFICYP, 15.07.15
The UN Secretary-General’s report on the United Nations' operation in Cyprus, covering developments from 16 December 2014 to 20 June 2015, circulated yesterday, 14 July, as an official document of the UN with number S/2015/517. In his report, Mr Ban Ki-moon noted, inter alia, the positive momentum surrounding the resumption of the talks for a solution of the Cyprus problem, “as well as the energy and dedication displayed by both sides. I welcome the commitment expressed by the leaders to work tirelessly to reach a comprehensive settlement of the question of Cyprus as soon as possible. I encourage both leaders to grasp the current unique opportunity to create a peaceful common future for the island”. He also welcomed the commitment by the leaders to seek early agreement on confidence-building measures and urged them to take “decisive and pragmatic steps towards tangibly implementing those measures in good faith and without delay”. The UN Chief further said he intends to submit a detailed report on his good offices mission in the Fall of 2015. The UN Secretary-General’s report can be read here.






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