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Participation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the 69th General Assembly of the United Nations, 19.09.14
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ioannis Kasoulides departs tomorrow, Saturday 20 September for New York to participate in the 69th General Assembly of the United Nations. During the ‘‘Ministerial week’’ Minister Kasoulides will hold bilateral meetings with his counterparts from other countries and multilateral meetings with representatives of international organisations. Mr. Kasoulides will meet with the Foreign Ministers of Iran, Georgia, Argentina, Angola, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Indonesia, Malaysia, Kuwait and San Marino. He will also meet with the US Assistant Secretary of State for European & Eurasian Affairs Ms. Victoria Nuland, the Commonwealth Secretary-General Mr Kamalesh Sharma and the Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Mr Iyad Ameen Madani. More..

Meeting of the Minister of Foreign Affairs with his French counterpart in Paris, 18.09.14
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ioannis Kasoulides, met today with his French counterpart, Mr. Laurent Fabius, in the framework of his working visit to Paris. The focus of the discussions between the two Ministers were, inter alia, bilateral relations, the Cyprus issue, developments regarding the Cyprus economy, the crisis in Ukraine, the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean with emphasis on developments in Iraq, Libya and Syria as well as European and other issues of common interest. The meeting provided an opportunity to confirm the excellent bilateral relations between Cyprus and France and to discuss ways for their further deepening and widening in various areas, including defense and security. Mr. Kasoulides highlighted the crucial role played by Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean, where in collaboration with other strategic partners, it contributes to the handling of various security challenges, such as terrorism, non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, organized crime, illegal trafficking and illegal immigration. In this context, Cyprus and France decided to further deepen their relationship in the form of a strategic partnership to handle these security challenges. More..

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs met with the Minister of State for Europe of Germany, 18.09.14
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Alexandros N. Zenon, had a meeting today with the Minister of State for Europe of Germany, Mr. Michael Roth, who is on a two-day official visit to Cyprus. In his statements after the talks, Ambassador Zenon welcomed the German Minister and noted that this visit is of particular importance in order to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries. During the meeting, issues regarding the Cyprus economy, the latest developments on the Cyprus problem, as well as Turkey - EU relations and Turkey’s accession course, were discussed. In the framework of the German Minister’s visit a technical arrangement was signed for the provision of facilities on the territory of the Republic of Cyprus for the carrying out of evacuation operations of German citizens in crisis situations. Germany’s Minister of State for Europe welcomed the excellent progress achieved by Cyprus regarding its Adjustment Program. He also underlined that the agreement signed for the provision of facilities on the territory of the Republic of Cyprus is of great importance for Germany and the German citizens, and expressed gratitude for the excellent cooperation between Cyprus and Germany.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs participated in the Ministerial Conference on the challenges for the stability and development in Libya and North Africa, 17.09.14
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, participated in the Ministerial Conference organized by Spain on the challenges for the stability and development in Libya and North Africa. The Conference was held today, in Madrid, and was attended by the Ministers of the seven Mediterranean Member States of the European Union, the “5+5 Western Mediterranean Forum”, the “Libya Neighbouring Countries Group”, as well as by representatives of the United Nations, the European Union, the League of Arab States, the African Union and the Union for the Mediterranean. More..

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs meets the Permanent Under Secretary of the British Ministry of Defence, 16.09.14
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Alexandros N. Zenon, will have a meeting tomorrow, 17 September, with the Permanent Under Secretary of the Ministry of Defence of the United Kingdom, Mr. Jon Thompson, in the framework of his visit to Cyprus. At the meeting they will discuss regional security issues with emphasis on the situation in Iraq and ways to tackle the terrorist activities of the organization "Islamic State." The deepening of bilateral cooperation on issues of security, defence and crisis management in the Middle East and the South Mediterranean region, will also be discussed.

Minister of Foreign Affairs to participate in Ministerial Conference on Libya and North Africa, 15.09.14
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, departs tomorrow for Madrid, where he will participate, on 17 September, in the Ministerial Conference organized by Spain on the challenges for the stability and development in Libya and North Africa. The Conference will be attended by the competent Ministers of the seven Mediterranean states of the European Union, the “5+5 Western Mediterranean Forum”, the “Libya Neighbouring Countries Group”, as well as representatives of the United Nations, the European Union, the Arab League and the Union for the Mediterranean. The Conference will be informal and focus on the exchange of views on the various aspects of the Libyan crisis, while aiming, at the same time, to find ways to support the Libyan people during the ongoing and crucial process of political transition. More..

The President of the Republic receives the credentials of the new Ambassador of Denmark, 15.09.14
The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, received today, at a formal ceremony at the Presidential Palace, the credentials of the new Ambassador of Denmark, stationed in Athens, Mrs Mette Knudsen. Presenting her credentials Mrs Knudsen said: “Your Excellency, Mr President, It is an honour and great pleasure for me to present the Letters of Credence by which Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark has appointed me to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Denmark to the Republic of Cyprus, as well as the Letters of Recall of my predecessor. Our two countries have very close and warm relations, both as partners within the European Union and on a bilateral basis. Thousands of Danes visit Cyprus every year and return with great appreciation of your beautiful country, its nature, culture and history. At the official level we have frequent exchanges, including at the highest levels, and I look forward to add my efforts to those of my predecessor in order to further strengthen the ties between Denmark and Cyprus. More..

The President of the Republic receives the credentials of the new Ambassador of Spain, 15.09.14
The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, received today, at a formal ceremony at the Presidential Palace, the credentials of the new Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain, Mr Angel Lossada. Presenting his credentials Mr Lossada said: “Mr President, It is a great honour for me to present to you today my credentials as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Spain to the Republic of Cyprus. Spain and Cyprus share a common past, present and future. Our geographic location, around the “Mare Nostrum”, has facilitated exchanges between our two countries since antiquity. Our European identity, embodied by our commitment to democracy, human rights and rule of law, has made us close partners in the ever-evolving project of the EU. And these double roots, Mediterranean and European, bind us to work together and rise above the challenges that will lead to a better future. More..

The President of the Republic receives the credentials of the new High Commissioner of the United Kingdom, 15.09.14
The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, received today, at a formal ceremony at the Presidential Palace, the credentials of the new High Commissioner of the United Kingdom, Mr Damian Roderic Todd. Presenting his credentials Mr Todd said: “I have the honour to present to Your Excellency, my letters of Commission as British High Commissioner in Cyprus. It is a great honour as well as a pleasure to represent my country here in Cyprus. I look forward to getting to know much better this beautiful island, its people and its culture. As a student of history, I understand and look forward to learning more about the history of Cyprus and its role in the development of European culture and civilization. More..

Cyprus’ new Ambassador to Finland presents credentials, 12.09.14
The new Ambassador of the Republic to Finland, Mr Evangelos Savva, presented yesterday his credentials to the President of Finland, Mr Sauli Niinistö, during a formal ceremony held at the Presidential residence in Helsinki. Presenting his credentials, Ambassador Savva conveyed the warm greetings of the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, to the Finnish President and the people of Finland, expressing gratitude for the country’s steadfast principled stance vis-à-vis the Cyprus problem and its longstanding participation in the UN peace-keeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP). More..

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus denounced the illegal visit of the President of Turkey to the occupied areas, 10.09.14
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has denounced the illegal visit of the newly elected President of Turkey, Mr Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to the occupied areas of Cyprus via a letter that the Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the UN, Ambassador Nicholas Emiliou, has addressed to both the UN Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon and the Permanent Representative of the United States, Ms Samantha Power, current President of the Security Council. The Ministry underlines in its letter the illegality of Erdogan's visit to the occupied areas and the accompanying symbolism that is being attributed to the visit by Ankara. Reference is also made to the Turkish President’s statements, both before and during his illegal visit, which do not create an atmosphere conducive for negotiations but in the contrary they undermine the necessary bona fide and banish hope for progress in the Cyprus issue talks. More..

Minister of Foreign Affairs participates in the Informal General Affairs Council of the EU, 30.08.14
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, participated in the Informal EU General Affairs Council held in Milan on 28-29 August. During the Informal Meeting, the Foreign Ministers of 28 member states discussed the way the EU functions, the successful implementation of the EU Strategy methodology adopted at the European Council last June and, in general, the internal system of EU with regard to the effectiveness of decision-making. Μοre..


Press conference held by the Presidents of the overseas organizations POMAK, PSEKA and NEPOMAK, 28.08.14
The Presidents of the overseas organizations gave today a press conference at the “Filoxenia” Conference Center, in Nicosia, on the occasion of the conclusion of the 25th Session of the Central Council of the World Federation of Overseas Cypriots – International Coordinating Committee “Justice for Cyprus” (POMAK-PSEKA) and the 7th World Conference of Young Overseas Cypriots (NEPOMAK). The President of the World Federation of Overseas Cypriots (POMAK), Mr Andreas Papaevripides, the President of the International Coordinating Committee “Justice for Cyprus” (PSEKA), Mr Philip Christopher and the outgoing President of the World Conference of Young Overseas Cypriots (NEPOMAK), Mr Christos Karaolis, participated in the press conference, held jointly with the Division of Overseas and Repatriated Cypriots of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. More..

Overseas Cypriots Conference wraps up deliberations, 27.08.14
The 25th Session of the Central Council of the World Federation of Overseas Cypriots – International Coordinating Committee “Justice for Cyprus” (POMAK-PSEKA) and the 7th World Conference of Young Overseas Cypriots (NEPOMAK) wrapped up deliberations today at the “Filoxenia” Conference Center, in Nicosia. During the morning meeting, the President of the Pancyprian Coordinating Committee “Justice for Cyprus” (PSEKA) Mr Philip Christopher briefly presented the actions of the Committee during the outgoing year. More..

The Minister of Foreign Affairs will participate in the informal meetings of the General Affairs Council and the Foreign Affairs Council, 27.08.14
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, departs today for Milan, where he will participate in the informal meeting of the General Affairs Council (GAC) on 28 – 29 August and the informal Meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the EU (Gymnich) on 29 – 30 August. During the deliberations of the informal GAC, the EU Foreign Ministers will discuss, inter alia, the functioning of the EU system, the implementation of the strategic agenda for the Union in times of change, the role of the GAC and how the current Council configurations would help foster EU priorities. During the deliberations of Gymnich, the Ministers will discuss, inter alia, the latest developments in the Middle East Peace Process, the Eastern Partnership and the Southern Neighbourhood, with emphasis on the situation in the Gaza Strip, Ukraine, Syria and Iraq respectively. Minister Kasoulides will return to Cyprus on Sunday, 31 August.





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