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The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs held an official visit to Copenhagen, 09.02.16
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Alexandros N. Zenon, paid an official visit to Copenhagen on 8 February 2016, where he held deliberations with his Danish counterpart, Permanent Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen. During the meeting, issues on the agenda included, inter alia, the bilateral relations, the migration/refugee crisis, the United Kingdom’s referendum for the exit of the country from the EU and the future of the Union, the Russia-Ukraine affairs, the EU-Turkey relations, the issue of terrorism, the situation in the Middle East and Cyprus’ economy. Ambassador Zenon also briefed his interlocutors on the Cyprus problem and the latest developments in the negotiations process. The Permanent Secretary also had a meeting with the Diplomatic Adviser in the Office of the Prime Minister of Denmark, Amabassador Michael Starbaek, during which issues of European and international interest were discussed, as well as the Cyprus problem.

Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus on the satellite launch conducted by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on 7 February 2016, 09.02.16
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus condemns the satellite launching, via using ballistic missile technology, which was conducted on 7 February 2016 by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). This action, as well as the recent nuclear test, dated 6 January 2016, violate the international obligations of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, as determined by the relevant resolutions of the Security Council of the United Nations and constitute a threat to international peace and security. The Republic of Cyprus in line with the EU High Representative’s Statements issued on 6 January and 7 February 2016, urges the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to engage in a constructive dialogue with the international community, in particular in the framework of the Six-Party Talks, aiming at the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

National Security Strategy
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..

High Commissioner of Cyprus to Fiji presented her credentials, 02.02.16
Ambassador Mrs Ioanna Malliotis presented, on Thursday, 28 January 2016, her credentials to the President of the Republic of Fiji, Major General (Retired) Jioji Konousi Konrote, as the new High Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus to the Fiji islands, stationed in Canberra, Australia. Following the credentials ceremony, High Commissioner Malliotis briefed President Konrote on the developments in the Cyprus problem and thanked for the principled stance maintained by the Republic of Fiji on the issue. Mrs Malliotis also conveyed the warm greetings of the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades. During the conversation with President Konrote, it was also expressed the desire for further development of the bilateral relations in areas of mutual interest. President Konrote conveyed his greetings to the President of the Republic, the Government and the people of Cyprus and expressed the wish for a successful conclusion to the efforts for the solution of the Cyprus problem soon.

UN Security Council adopts Resolution renewing UNFICYP's mandate for another six months, 29.01.16
During today's meeting of the UN Security Council under the presidency of the Permanent Representative of Uruguay, Ambassador Elbio Rosseli, Resolution S/2263/2016 was adopted unanimously, renewing UNFICYP's mandate for another six months, until 31 July 2016. After the adoption of the Resolution, the Representatives of Egypt, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States made the following statements: More..

Cyprus – Israel - Greece Trilateral Summit Declaration, Nicosia, 28.01.16
We, Nikos Anastasiades, President of the Republic of Cyprus, Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the State of Israel, and Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic, having met in Nicosia today, 28th January 2016, have agreed to strengthen the cooperation between our three countries in order to promote a trilateral partnership in different fields of common interest and to work together towards promoting peace, stability, security and prosperity in the Mediterranean and the wider region. In light of the underlying challenges and opportunities, and given the fluid and unstable situation in the region, our three countries, which share common democratic values, principles, and interests, have, to this end, agreed on the importance for closer cooperation and a coordinated set of policies. Our partnership is not exclusive in design or nature, and we are ready to welcome other like-minded actors to join our efforts to promote coordination and cooperation, as well as regional peace and stability. More..

Travel Advice – Turkey, 28.01.16
In light of the tense situation prevailing in the country as a result of the recent terrorist bomb attacks and the violent incidents arising from the public demonstrations in several cities in Turkey, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs urges all Cypriot citizens residing in the country or intending on travelling there to avoid traveling to certain areas if it’s not necessary. Cypriot citizens are requested to avoid crowded places and mass gatherings. Furthermore, are encouraged to keep abreast of local and international media coverage (especially from the Internet) of events and to follow the safety instructions of the Turkish Authorities. More..

Message of the Minister of Foreign Affairs on the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, 27.01.16
Today we commemorate the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Yom HaShoah. It’s a day of humility and reflection, in memory of the six millions of Jews that perished under Nazi persecution. We stand in awe in front of their courage and suffering, vowing that we will never forget. We will never forget that humanity had lost its moral bearings and plundered into an abyss of persecution and genocide. That a whole nation was ravaged because of delusional rhetoric and perverted ideology. We will never forget that individual apathy has led to collective suffering, and that human dignity was a victim of intolerance. More..

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemns the acts of terrorism in northern Cameroon, 27.01.16
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus strongly condemns the new abominable acts of terrorism perpetrated at a market in northern Cameroon on Monday 25 January, resulting in the death and injury of many innocent civilians. The Republic of Cyprus stands in full solidarity with the Government and the people of Cameroon in the fight against terrorism, expresses its deepest condolences to the families of the victims and reaffirms its commitment and determination to collaborate closely with the international community to combat terrorism in all its forms.

The new High Commissioner of Cyprus to Maldives presented his credentials, 26.01.16
The new High Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus to Maldives, based in New Delhi, Mr Demetrios A. Theofylaktou, presented on Monday, 25 January 2016, his credentials to the President of the country, Mr Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, during an official ceremony in Male. Following the ceremony, the High Commissioner had a meeting with the President of Maldives, in the presence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mrs Dunya Maumoon, and the Deputy Minister to the President, Mr Mohamed Naseer. The insecure situation in Maldives, which also concerns the Commonwealth, the developments in the Cyprus problem, the bilateral relations and the enhancement of the cooperation between the two states, in the context of international organizations, were, inter alia, discussed. More..

The Ambassador of Cyprus to Czech Republic presented his credentials, 26.01.16
The new Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to Czech Republic, based in Bratislava, Mr Nearchos Palas, presented on Thursday, 21 January 2016, his credentials to the President of the Czech Republic, Mr Miloš Zeman. Following the ceremony, Ambassador Palas was received by President Zeman, whom he briefed on the course of the inter-communal negotiations and the perspectives for finding a solution to the Cyprus problem. During the meeting, the bilateral relations were discussed, as well as the refugee crisis and the role of Cyprus in the region. Also, both sides expressed the wish to further enhance the relations of the two countries.

The Ambassador of Cyprus to Korea presented his credentials, 25.01.16
The Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to the Republic of Korea, Mr Agis Loizou, presented on Friday, January 15, his credentials to the President of Korea Mrs Park Geun-hye. During the ceremony, Mr Loizou referred to the excellent level of relations between the Cyprus Republic and the Republic of Korea, reassuring at the same time, for the readiness of the Cyprus Government for the further strengthening and development of those bilateral relations. The President of Korea referred also to the excellent relations of the two countries and reassured for her Government’s willingness for the upgrading of the cooperation between the two countries. During his visit in Seoul, the Ambassador met with a number of officials with whom he had the opportunity to exchange views and discuss ways for the further strengthening of the bilateral cooperation between the Republic of Cyprus and the Republic of Korea.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs received the Arab Ambassadors in Cyprus, 22.01.16
In the framework of a meeting of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, with the Ambassadors of the Arab states stationed in Nicosia, on the occasion of the New Year, issues of common interest were discussed, while it was underlined the importance of further strengthening the relations between Cyprus and the Arab world. During the meeting, Minister Kasoulides referred to the role of Cyprus within the European Union to strengthen EU relations with the Arab world, highlighting the importance attached to EU’s more active involvement in the Palestinian issue. Furthermore, the Minister of Foreign Affairs reiterated Cyprus’ clear positions as concerns the resolving the Palestinian issue, which should be based on the principle of a solution of two states that will live in peace, security and mutual recognition. Finally, Minister Kasoulides reiterated the Cyprus’ support over time for the creation of an independent and viable Palestinian state.
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