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Kıbrıs Cumhuriyeti Dışişleri Bakanlığı Malezya Mahkemesi tarafından iki Kıbrıs vatandaşının idam cezasına çaptırılması hakkındaki açıklama , 21 Nisan 2015
Kıbrıs Cumhuriyeti iki vatandaşının Malezya’daki bir Mahkeme tarafından idam cezasına çarptırıldığı haberi ile ilgili olarak, Dışişleri Bakanlığı, Muhammet Osman ve Mehmet Uçaner Oktay’ın uyuşturucu suçundan Kasım 2011’de yakalandıkları günden beri Kıbrıs Cumhuriyeti’nin, diplomatik ve hukuki yardımla birlikte Malezya Makamlarına yönelik girişim yaparak hızlı ve koordineli biçimde hareket ettiğini kaydetmektedir.
Özellikle, Kıbrıs Cumhuriyeti aşağıdaki hareketlerde bulundu: - Sanıkların Malezya Mahkemesi önündeki savunması ile ilgili tüm masrafları karşıladı. - Malezya Başbakanı ve Dışişleri Bakanı’nın dikkati, diplomasi yoluyla, konuya çekildi.
- Yeni Delhi’deki Yüksek Komiserliğin bir Yetkilisi, Malezya makamları ile temasta bulunmak ve tutuklularla görüşmek için altı kez o ülkeye gitti.
- Yeni Delhi’deki Yüksek Komiserlik aracılığıyla, tutuklulara çeşitli ihtiyaçlarının karşılanması amacıyla mali yardımda bulundu.
Cumhuriyetin Konsolosu ile yaptıkları son görüşmede, tutuklular Cumhuriyetin kendilerine sağladığı yardım ve destek için teşekkürlerini ifade ettiler.
Davanın görüşülmesi sona erdiğinde, 15 Nisan 2015 tarihinde tutuklular Mahkemece idam cezasına çarptırıldı. Söz konusu karar temyiz edilecek ve ülkedeki AB Temsilciliği aracılığıyla nota verme olasılığı incelenmektedir.


The Permanent Secretary pays working visit to Warsaw, 22.04.15
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Alexandros N. Zenon, held today political consultations with his Polish counterpart, Deputy Foreign Minister of Poland, Mrs Henryka Ìïscicka – Dendys. During the political consultations, bilateral relations between Cyprus and Poland, the Cyprus problem and other international issues, including the current situation in the broader Middle East and Ukraine, were discussed. Additionally, Mr Zenon and Mrs Ìïscicka-Dendys, exchanged views on current European issues including the Energy Union, Migration flows as well as various initiatives in the framework of the EU for growth and employment.

The Permanent Secretary pays working visit to Warsaw, 21.04.15
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Alexandros N. Zenon, departs today for Warsaw to hold political consultations with his Polish counterpart, Deputy Foreign Minister of Poland, Mrs Ìïscicka-Dendys. During the political consultations, bilateral relations between Cyprus and Poland, the Cyprus problem, energy and migration issues, as well as other international issues, including the current situation in the broader Middle East and Ukraine, are expected to be discussed. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs returns to Cyprus on 23 April.

Participation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the EU Foreign Affairs Council, 20.04.15
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, participated in the EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC), held today in Luxembourg. During the morning deliberations, the discussion focused, inter alia, on the developments in Libya and Yemen, as well as the recent developments regarding the E3/EU+3 negotiations with Iran for its nuclear programme, as well as the EU relations with the countries of the Latin America and the Caribbean. During the discussion on Libya, Mr Kasoulides expressed Cyprus’ support to the efforts of the United Nations and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Libya, Mr Bernardino León, for the achievement of a political agreement and the formation of a Government of National Unity in the country. The Minister of Foreign Affairs underlined that today’s meeting shows that the European Union is fully aware of the immediate need to support the country, so that its citizens can live in conditions of safety and stability, without being forced to follow the tragic, as proven in the last days, path of illegal migration. “I believe that all interested parties in Libya, negotiating at the moment for the future of their country, share the sense of the urgency, which is evident in today’s discussion”, Mr Kasoulides concluded. During the afternoon deliberations, the discussion will focus on the issue of migration, in light of the recent tragic incidents in the Mediterranean. Following the end of FAC’s deliberations, the annual Ministerial Meeting of the Eastern Partnership will take place with the participation of both the EU Foreign Ministers and the Foreign Ministers of the Eastern Partners (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia and Belarus).

The Minister of Foreign Affairs to participate in the Foreign Affairs and the General Affairs Councils of the EU
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, will participate in the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) of the EU, to be held in Luxemburg on 20 April. During FAC’s deliberations, the discussion is expected to be focused, inter alia, on the developments in Yemen and Libya, the results of the E3+3 negotiations with Iran for its nuclear programme, as well as the EU relations with the countries of the Latin America and the Caribbean. Minister Kasoulides will also participate in the annual Ministerial Meeting of the Eastern Partnership that will take place the same day with the participation of both the EU Foreign Ministers and the Foreign Ministers of the Eastern Partners. The Minister of Foreign Affairs will return to Cyprus on Tuesday, 21 April.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses its deep sorrow regarding the latest incident off the Italian coast
The daily tragic loss of human lives in the Mediterranean is unacceptable. The growing migration crisis must be tackled immediately, with a broad, comprehensive and long term EU approach based on protection, prevention, practical solidarity and fair sharing of responsibilities. Enhancing legal migration and maximising the positive impact of well managed migration on development; combating criminal networks of migrant smuggling and trafficking of human beings; capacity building and development in third countries of origin and host countries of refugees can significantly reduce incentives to engage in high risk forms of migration. The European Agenda on Migration that will be adopted in May is an important step for setting up effective and sustainable actions to address migratory challenges. Most importantly, it is our duty and responsibility to continue to address the root causes of migration, in the widening arc of instability, displacement and humanitarian crises that is our immediate neighborhood. We welcome the inclusion of the issue of migration as a formal point on the agenda of today’s Foreign Affairs Council and look forward to HR/VP’s presentation of a set of proposals for Libya, one of the main routes of illegal trafficking of migrants.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemns the terrorist attack in Garissa University, Kenya, 07.04.15
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus, unequivocally, condemns the heinous terrorist attack that took place on 2 April 2015, in Garissa University, Kenya, during which 148 innocent students were killed and many more wounded. The Government and the people of Cyprus express their sincere condolences and their unwavering support to the families of the victims and to the Government and the friendly people of Kenya. The Cypriot Government reiterates its solidarity with the Government of Kenya and reaffirms its determination to pursue all efforts aiming at combating the scourge of terrorism, in all forms and manifestations.

Announcement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 03.04.15
The Republic of Cyprus welcomes the conclusion of a political framework agreement between the group E3+3 (United Kingdom, France, Germany, USA, Russia and China) and Iran on the nuclear programme of Iran. It expresses its full support to the agreement which contributes to the goal of a Middle East free from the threat of weapons of mass destruction. The agreement is a very positive development at a critical juncture when the Middle East is convulsed by armed conflict, the rise of terrorism and extremism. This development increases the responsibility of Iran, to hold good neighbourly relations without interference in the internal affairs of other countries in the region, in order to allay the fears and apprehensions that ensue from the conclusion of this agreement. Cyprus expresses its satisfaction for this development and is looking forward to the completion of a final comprehensive agreement by 30 June 2015.

The President of the Republic receives the credentials of the High Commissioner of Malaysia, 31.03.15
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 Malaysia to Cyprus, stationed in Beirut, Mr Bala Chandran Tharman. More..

The President of the Republic receives the credentials of the Ambassador the United Arab Emirates, 31.03.15
The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, received today, at a formal ceremony at the Presidential Palace, the credentials of the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Cyprus, stationed in Beirut, Mr Abdulwahab Nasser Al-Najjar. More..

The President of the Republic receives the credentials of the Ambassador of Hungary, 31.03.15
The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, received today, at a formal ceremony at the Presidential Palace, the credentials of the Ambassador of Hungary to Cyprus, stationed in Athens, Ms Eszter Sandorfi. More..

The President of the Republic receives the credentials of the High Commissioner of Uganda, 31.03.15
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 Republic of Uganda to Cyprus, stationed in Rome, Mrs Dinah Grace Akello. More..

Announcement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 30.03.15
Cyprus expresses its support for the legitimate government of Yemen and for the preservation of the territorial integrity of the country. It also expresses grave concern at the recent actions by Houthi forces and units loyal to former President Saleh which threaten the security of the country and the stability of the region. Cyprus endorses the decision of the League of Arab States, taken this past weekend, to undertake decisive action in response to the request of President Hadi, Yemen’s legitimate leader.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs pays a working visit to Berlin, 27.03.15
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Mr Alexandros N. Zenon, paid a working visit to Berlin, on 25-27 March, where he participated in an Energy Conference and, also, held bilateral consultations with counterparts from the German Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Chancellery. On March 25, Ambassador Zenon tooκ part at the Energy Conference, entitled "Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue", co-organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy of Germany. On the same day, Permanent Secretary Zenon held political consultations with the State Secretary for Political Affairs and EU Matters of the Federal Foreign Office, Mr Markus Ederer, during which the bilateral relations between Cyprus and Germany, the Cyprus problem and other international issues, including the current situation in the broader Middle East and Ukraine, were reviewed. Talks between the two officials continued on 26 March. The Permanent Secretary had also a meeting, at the Chancellery, with the Special Adviser for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy to the Chancellor, Mr Christoph Heusgen. Further, he held a meeting with the Director of the Diplomatic Academy, Ms. Sabine Sparwasser, with whom he exchanged views on ways of cooperation between the two Ministries of Foreign Affairs, as regards issues pertaining to the training of Cypriot diplomats.

Cyprus Ambassador to San Marino presents credentials, 24.03.15
The Ambassador of the Republic, Mr. Tasos Tzionis, presented today his credentials to the two Captains Regent of the Republic of, Mr Gian Franco Terenzi, and, Mr Guerrino Zanotti, as the new Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to San Marino, stationed in Rome. Receiving the credentials, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of San Marino, Mr Pasquale Valentini, noted: “It is with great satisfaction that I express my feelings of solidarity and support towards the Republic of Cyprus on the issue of division, the most painful chapter in the history of the Cypriot people. At international level, particularly at the Council of Europe, San Marino always supported Cyprus.” Μοre..

The Minister of Foreign Affairs met with his Montenegrin counterpart, 20.03.15
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, had today a meeting, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro, Mr Igor Lukšić. The bilateral relations of the two countries and ways for their further enhancement, the Cyprus problem, energy issues, regional issues of mutual interest with emphasis on the ways for combating terrorism, the developments in the region of Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, the crisis in Ukraine, as well as the regional cooperation in Western Balkans, were at the center of the discussion. Moreover, the two Ministers discussed extensively Montenegro’s accession negotiations and the reforms implemented by the Government of the country, in the framework of harmonizing with the European standards. More..

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus, Malta and Montenegro held a trilateral meeting, 19.03.15
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, held today in Nicosia a trilateral meeting with his counterparts from Malta, Dr. George W. Vella, and Montenegro, Mr Igor Lukšić. During the meeting the three Ministers reviewed Montenegro’s accession process to the EU and identified areas where Cyprus and Malta could assist by providing their expertise, know-how and implementation of best practices. They also discussed regional issues of common interest. Minister Kasoulides also had a bilateral meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malta, followed by official talks of the delegations of the two countries. Bilateral relations and ways for their further enhancement, the Cyprus problem, terrorism, ISIL, migration, as well as regional issues, were discussed during the meeting. Μore..

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemns the terrorist attack in Tunis, 19.03.15
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus unequivocally condemns the heinous terrorist attack carried out yesterday, March 18 2015, in the National Bardo Museum, in Tunis, in which twenty people were killed and more than twenty were wounded. The government and the people of Cyprus express their sincere condolences and their unwavering support to the families of the victims and to the government and the people of Tunisia as well as to the people and government of the nations who are mourning victims from this cowardly attack. The Cypriot Government reiterates its solidarity with the government of Tunisia and reaffirms its determination to pursue all efforts aiming at combating terrorism and reinforcing the successful democratic transition achieved by Tunisia.

Trilateral meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus, Malta and Montenegro, 18.03.15
A trilateral meeting between the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, Malta, Dr. George W. Vella, and Montenegro, Mr Igor Lukšić, will be held tomorrow, 19 March, in Nicosia. The main purpose of the meeting is to review Montenegro’s accession process to the EU and identify areas where Cyprus and Malta could assist by providing their expertise, know-how and implementation of best practices. During the meeting the three Ministers will also discuss regional issues of common interest. A Press Conference will follow the conclusion of the meeting and, later, Minister Kasoulides will host a dinner in honour of his counterparts from Malta and Montenegro. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus will have separate bilateral meetings with his counterparts, while on Friday, 20 March, Ministers Kasoulides and Lukšić, will sign a bilateral agreement between Cyprus and Montenegro for cooperation in fighting terrorism, organized crime, illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs, illegal migration and other criminal offences. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro will also have meetings on 20 March with the Minister of Finance, Mr Harris Georgiades, and the Minister of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Mr Yiorgos Lakkotrypis.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs participates in the EU Foreign Affairs Council, 16.03.15
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, participated in the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) of the EU, held today in Brussels. The main issue of the Council’s proceedings concerned the relations between EU and Africa. The Ministers of Foreign Affairs, almost a year after the EU-Africa Summit, held an in-depth discussion on the ways of implementation of the issues agreed during last year’s Summit, as well as on the steps that can be taken to further strengthen this relation. More..

The Minister of Foreign Affairs to participate in the Foreign Affairs and the General Affairs Councils of the EU, 13.03.15
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 16 March. During FAC’s deliberations, the discussion of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs is expected to be focused, inter alia, on the developments in Libya, migration, the EU-Africa and EU-Russia relations, while issues related to the “Eastern Partnership” will also be discussed, in view of the upcoming Summit to be held in Riga, Latvia, in May. More..






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