Source: PIO, CNA
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.
New Ambassador of the Republic to Romania, 09.07.15
The new Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to Romania, Mr Demetris Hadjiargyrou, presented yesterday, July 8, 2015, his credentials to the President of the country, Mr Klaus Iohannis. Ambassador Hadjiargyrou, during a private meeting with President Iohannis, conveyed the greetings of the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, and of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, and expressed the satisfaction of the Cyprus Government regarding the excellent level of relations between Cyprus and Romania as partners in the EU and beyond, discussing at the same time, ways to further deepen them. The Ambassador, finally, conveyed an invitation by the President of the Republic for his Romanian counterpart to visit Cyprus. On his part, the Romanian President, after expressing his satisfaction with the excellent level of friendly relations between the two countries, thanked for President Anastasiades’ invitation and said he would examine the prospects for carrying out the visit.
Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs to Japan, 06.07.15
In the context of the continuous efforts of the Republic of Cyprus to enhance and deepen its bilateral relations with Asian countries and the further development of cooperation with these countries in the multilateral level, in order to address common challenges, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, departs today for Japan for an official bilateral visit from 7 to 9 July. Minister Kasoulides will have a meeting and a working diner with his Japanese counterpart, Mr Fumio Kishida, in which they will discuss bilateral relations and ways for their enhancement, the Japan-EU relations, as well as regional issues of common interest. Moreover, the Foreign Minister will, inter alia, meet with the Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee of the House of Representatives of Japan and the Secretary General of the Japan-Cyprus Parliamentary Friendship Group, while during his stay in Tokyo he will give interviews to numerous Japanese national media. The Minister of Foreign Affairs returns to Cyprus on Friday, 10 July.
Meeting of the Minister of Foreign Affairs with the Minister of State for European Affairs of France, 03.07.15
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, had a meeting today with the Minister State for European Affairs of France, Mr Harlem Désir, in the context of his official visit to Cyprus. Minister Kasoulides had a tete-a-tete meeting with Mr Désir, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, followed by official talks between the delegations of the two countries. After the conclusion of the talks, the two Ministers held a Press conference. Minister Kasoulides welcomed Mr Désir to Cyprus, characterizing his visit as very important, since “it shows the special interest of France in the efforts for finding a solution to the Cyprus problem. France, as a Permanent Member of the UN Security Council, always had a firm, constructive stance, when the various aspects of the Cyprus problem are being discussed at the meetings of the Security Council. More..