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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.
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..
Statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs at the High-Level meeting on Ending AIDS, in New York, yesterday, 10.06.16
This high level meeting comes at a very opportune moment in our global response to effectively and definitively tackle the AIDS epidemic that for decades has claimed, and still claiming, so many lives. Over the past 35 years, the pandemic of HIV/AIDS has left no corner of the world untouched affecting progress and development in many countries, in particular Sub-Saharan Africa, and challenging all development goals. At the same time, we must acknowledge that the international community has made strides in curbing the disease. More..
Foreign Minister continues contacts in New York, 10.06.16
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, who is currently in New York, had on Wednesday, 8 June 2016, a bilateral meeting with the Permanent Representative of Japan, and on Thursday, 9 June 2016, separate meetings with the Permanent Representatives of China and France. The Cyprus problem and the Cypriot candidacy for the Presidency of the UN General Assembly were, inter alia, discussed at the meetings. In the context of the promotion of the candidacy of Cyprus for the Presidency of the General Assembly, Minister Kasoulides had on 8 June 2016 a meeting with the geographic group of Asia-Pacific in Permanent Representatives level. The Minister of Foreign Affairs also held meetings with Permanent Representatives from the five geographic groups of the United Nations, namely of Latin America, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Eastern Europe and the Western Group. On 9 June 2016, Minister Kasoulides had a meeting with the Head of the Delegation of the European Union in New York, Ambassador Joao Pedro Vale de Almeida.
Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus, 09.06.16
The Secretary-General met on Wednesday, 8th June with His Excellency Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus. The Secretary-General and the Foreign Minister exchanged views on the progress made by the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, and Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr Mustafa Akinci, in the Cyprus talks. The Secretary-General commended the determination and perseverance of President Anastasiades and Mr Akinci and was encouraged by their meeting that had taken place earlier in the day, under the auspices of the United Nations. The Secretary-General and the Foreign Minister discussed the large-scale movement of refugees and migrants towards Europe, the ratification of the Paris climate change agreement and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. They also touched upon the situation in Syria and Libya.
The Ambassador of Cyprus to Nepal presented his credentials, 06.06.16
The Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, Mr Demetrios A. Theophylactou, presented on Thursday, 2 June, his credentials to the President of the country, Mrs Bidya Devi Bhandari, during an official ceremony held at the Presidential Palace in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. During the meeting with the Nepalese President, the Cypriot Ambassador conveyed the personal good wishes of President Anastasiades to the President and the Government of Nepal and reaffirmed the solidarity exemplified by the Cypriot people to the citizens of Nepal after the devastating earthquake that hit the country a year ago. He also underlined the willingness of the Cyprus Government to assist Nepal, both bilaterally and as part of the European Union, in its efforts to fully recover and become a stable and prosperous society. More..
Political consultations between the Republic of Cyprus and the United Arab Emirates, 18.05.16
The first round of political consultations between the Republic of Cyprus and the United Arab Emirates took place today in Nicosia, as a follow-up to the visit of President Anastasiades to the UAE in April 2014. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Alexandros N. Zenon, had the opportunity to discuss with the Assistant Minister for Political Affairs, Ambassador Ahmad Abed Al Rahman Al Jarman, the bilateral relations and ways in which these can be enhanced, matters relating to energy, the cooperation of the two countries on the multilateral level, including the framework of the Islamic Conference Organisation, issues of counter-terrorism and the latest developments in the Middle East region, focusing especially on Syria, Iraq and Yemen. Ambassador Zenon also briefed his counterpart on the ongoing negotiations for the solution of the Cyprus Problem. Furthermore, prospects for investments in Cyprus and trade and business opportunities provided in the UAE were also discussed. In this context, it is reminded that the Dubai based company DP World has recently undertaken the management of two important functions of the Limassol port.
1st Trilateral Political Consultations between Secretaries General of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Greece, Cyprus and Lebanon, Athens, May 11, 2016
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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..