Source: PIO, CNA
The Minister of Foreign Affairs participates at the EU General Affairs Council, 23.07.14
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ioannis Kasoulides, participated in the first, under the Italian Presidency, General Affairs Council of the European Union, held in Brussels today. During the deliberations of the Council a debate was held on the occasion of the presentation of the work program and priorities of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. In his intervention, the Minister of Foreign Affairs welcomed the priorities of the Italian Presidency in particular on issues of growth and employment, migration and energy security. More..
Agreement between the Government and the Austrian Federal Government on the Mutual Protection of Classified Information, 23.07.14
Τhe Government of the Republic of Cyprus and the Austrian Federal Government signed on the 17th July 2014, in Vienna, an Agreement on the Mutual Protection of Classified Information. Τhe Agreement was signed οn behalf of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus by the Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to Vienna, Mr. Marios Ieronymides, and on behalf of the Austrian side, by the Secretary General of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Dr. Michael Linhart. The Agreement sets the framework within which the exchange and protection of classified information can take place bilaterally. The signing of this Agreement contributes to the further deepening and widening of bilateral relations between the Republic of Cyprus and the Austrian Federal Government.
Minister of Foreign Affairs participates in EU Foreign Affairs Council, in Brussels, 22.07.14
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides participated in the EU Foreign Affairs Council, held today, in Brussels. The ongoing crisis in Ukraine was the main issue of the Council's deliberations. The debate was conducted in the light of the downing of the aircraft of the Malaysian Airlines, with the Foreign Ministers observing one minute's silence in memory of the victims. In his intervention, Mr Kasoulides expressed on behalf of the Government and the people of Cyprus, sincere condolences and solidarity to the countries that are mourning the loss of innocent citizens. It is a tragic development that should not have happened, but should neither be allowed to recur in the future, he said. For this reason, the Minister of Foreign Affairs added, we consider it imperative to give an end immediately to the conflict in this country. The only way to achieve this is through diplomatic channels, said Mr Kasoulides. The actions of the EU and the international community in general must move within this logic in order to find a political solution and to restore stability in the region as soon as possible, he underlined. Μore..
The new Ambassador of Cyprus in Athens presented his credentials to the President of the Hellenic Republic, 21.07.14
The new Ambassador of Cyprus to Athens, Mr. Kyriakos Kenevezos, presented today at a formal ceremony at the Presidential Palace his credentials to the President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Karolos Papoulias. Presenting his credentials, Mr. Kenevezos said it is a great honor for him to represent the Republic of Cyprus in Greece and in the exercise of his duties he will be guided by the best interests for the Greek Nation. Accepting the credentials the President of the Hellenic Republic assured once again that Cyprus and the Cyprus problem are the top priority of Greek foreign policy and that Greece will always remain at the side of Cyprus and the Cypriot Hellenism. After the presentation of the credentials, a private meeting of Mr. Papoulias with Mr. Kenevezos was held in cordial atmosphere. The President of the Hellenic Republic wished the new Ambassador of Cyprus in Athens, good strength and every success in his work, which will have his full support.
Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 21.07.14
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs dismisses recent reports in the local and foreign press concerning allegations of an import of 4603 metric tons of barley originating in Crimea into the Republic of Cyprus, on 23 June 2014. Relevant investigations conducted by the competent authorities of the Republic of Cyprus revealed that there was no import of cereals originating in Crimea into the Republic of Cyprus. The European Council at its meeting on 20-21 March 2014 unanimously condemned the illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (‘Crimea’) and the city of Sevastopol (‘Sevastopol’) to the Russian Federation and emphasised that it will not recognise it. In response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol, the Council of the European Union adopted, on 23 June 2014, Decision 2014/386/CFSP and Regulation No 692/2014 concerning restrictions on goods originating in Crimea or Sevastopol and on the provision, directly or indirectly, of financing or financial assistance, as well as insurance and reinsurance, related to the import of such goods. The aforementioned legal acts form part of the European Law and are binding in their entirety and directly binding in all EU Member States. The competent authorities of the Republic of Cyprus are duly informed about the adoption of the above-mentioned binding EU legal acts and are taking all necessary action for their effective and immediate implementation.
Participation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Foreign Affairs Council and General Affairs Council of the European Union, 21.07.14
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ioannis Kasoulides, departs today for Brussels, where he will participate in the deliberations of the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) of the EU. During the FAC, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Baroness Ashton, will de-brief on the Iran talks, following the latest round which was held in Vienna. The EU Foreign Ministers will also discuss, inter alia, the situation in Ukraine, the developments in Iraq, as well as the situation in Gaza Strip and Israel, in light of the current events. Minister Kasoulides will then participate in the meeting between the EU Foreign Ministers and the Foreign Ministers of Eastern Partnership countries, as well as in the working dinner hosted by the High Representative of the EU. On Wednesday, 23 July, Minister Kasoulides will participate in the General Affairs Council of the EU. The agenda will include, inter alia, a presentation of the Italian Presidency work programme, the accession of Lithuania to the Economic and Monetary Union, the implementation of the European Council Conclusions, as well as a Mid-Term Review of “Europe 2020” strategy. Minister Kasoulides will return to Cyprus on Wednesday, 23 July.
Statement of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, 18.07.14
We were shocked with the news of the Malaysian airlines flight travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur that was shot down over Ukrainian airspace yesterday. On behalf of the Government and the people of Cyprus we extend our sincere condolences to the families of the victims onboard while conveying our sympathy to the Prime Ministers of the Netherlands and Malaysia as well as to the governments of all other nations of which citizens have senselessly lost their lives in this tragic incident. We call for an immediate investigation of the circumstances around the air crash by an independent international committee. Regretfully this dramatic event is a most painful collateral illustration of the ongoing instability which has been precipitating in the Eastern provinces of Ukraine, and should serve as wakeup call of why it is imperative that this conflict is brought to an end without delay. At this critical juncture, and with the humanitarian situation on the ground fast deteriorating, all sides have the responsibility to demonstrate necessary restrain, implement a durable cease fire and proceed swiftly to constructive and meaningful dialogue.
International Criminal Justice Day: Why Cyprus is joining the celebrations - Article by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, 17.07.14
17 July 1998 saw the adoption of the “Rome Statute”, the treaty on the basis of which the International Criminal Court (ICC) came into existence. To mark this milestone as well as the significant gains that have been achieved more broadly in international criminal justice, 17 July has been established as “International Criminal Justice Day.” Cyprus and I personally proudly join the commemoration of this occasion and the international campaign to underline that “Justice Matters”. Some brief information on the work of the ICC and the ideals it represents should suffice to understand why we have deemed it important to do so. More..
Cyprus’ High Commissioner to Australia presents credentials, 16.07.14
The High Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus to the Commonwealth of Australia, Mrs Ioanna Malliotis, presented today, at the Government House in Canberra, her credentials to Australia’s Governor-General, General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd). During a private hearing following the official credentials’ ceremony, the Australian Governor-General, referring to the friendly ties between the two countries, conveyed to the President of the Republic and the Cyprus Government his and the Australian Government’s gratitude for the assistance and support of the members of the Australian Federal Police serving in the United Nations Peace-Keeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) over the last fifty years. More..
Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Permanent Secretary participates in Informal Meeting of EU Development Ministers, 14.07.14
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Alexandros N. Zenon, participates in the Informal Meeting of EU Development Ministers, taking place in Florence on 14-15 July 2014. During the first day of the Meeting, the Italian Presidency of the EU Council will present the programme of the International Exhibition “Expo Milano 2015” and will then discuss the matter of global food security. On 15 July the post 2015 development agenda will be discussed, as well as the role of the private sector in the promotion of the EU’s development policy. The Informal Meeting will be completed with a discussion on immigration and development cooperation.
Announcement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the situation in the Middle East, 13.07.14
Cyprus is expressing its concern for the turn things are taking in the Middle East area. The indiscriminate and in the blind firing of rockets from Gaza into the Israeli territory and in response the Israeli Air Force attacks that result in collateral civilian casualties, including children, must stop. The sides are called upon to show restraint. Friendly neighbouring countries are called upon to mediate towards the achievement of a ceasefire agreement and a truce.
Travel Advice for Israel, 10.07.14
Due to the current security situation in Israel, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advices Cypriot citizens, who are planning to visit or reside in the country, to avoid travelling to certain areas within 40 k from Gaza Strip, to limit their movement, monitor local and international local news reports for any developments, and follow the instructions and public briefings of the local Authorities, in particular Home Front Command (Israel’s Civil Defense) - www.oref.org.il/894-en/Pakar.aspx. In case of emergency, Cypriot citizens can contact the Duty Officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on +35 7 99660129, or the Crisis Management Department at the MFA on +35 7 22801000 or the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus in Tel Aviv (50 Dizengoff Str, Dizengoff Center, Gate 3, Top Tower, 14th floor, Tel Aviv 64332, Israel, Tel. +972 (0) 3 - 927 3000, +972 (0) 3 - 927 3004 (Consular Dept.), Fax: +972 (0) 3 - 629 0535, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cyprus’ Ambassador to Beijing presents credentials to the President of China, 09.07.14
The Ambassador of the Republic to Beijing, Mr Agis Loizou, presented yesterday his credentials to the President of the People’s Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping. During the official ceremony, the President of China welcomed the Cypriot Ambassador and conveyed his warm greetings to the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades. President Xi expressed certainty that the two countries would take advantage of the solid background of their traditionally friendly and close relations in order to further upgrade both their bilateral ties and more generally their relations at all levels. For his part, Ambassador Loizou conveyed President Anastasiades’ warm greetings to the Chinese President and expressed the Government’s readiness to work towards the further strengthening of the Cyprus-China relations as a whole. Lastly, he thanked for China’s steadfast support and its principled position on the Cyprus problem, reiterating Cyprus’ support of the ‘One-China’ policy.
Clarification Statement by Foreign Minister, 08.07.14
During my presence today at the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives, it appears that some confusion was created regarding the questions that preceded my response, which erroneously leads to the assumption that there is a correlation between the State of Israel and the issue of installing means to monitor Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The two issues are not related. I was saying, as regards Troodos, that what is happening is the upgrading of the means that the Republic has in order to monitor activities in Cyprus’ EEZ. This is not related to any Interstate Agreement with any state. If there was an Interstate Agreement this should have passed by the House of Representatives.
Travel advice for Thailand, 08.07.14
Citizens of the Republic of Cyprus, who are permanent residents or intend to travel to Thailand, are advised to exercise extreme caution. The security situation in Thailand remains volatile and Cypriot citizens are advised to avoid areas of mass gatherings, monitor news reports (international and local) for any developments, and follow the instructions of the local Authorities. In case of emergency, Cypriot citizens can contact the Duty Officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on +35 7 99660129, or the Crisis Management Department at the MFA on +35 7 22801000 or the High Commission of the Republic of Cyprus in New Delhi, India (D64, Malcha Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi – 110021, ΙΝDΙΑ, Tel. (+91 11) 26111156/57, Email: email@example.com).
Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the death of three Israeli and one Palestinian teenager, 04.07.14
Τhe Government of the Republic of Cyprus is appalled by the horrifying news of the recent abduction and killing of three Israeli and one Palestinian teenager. Cyprus strongly condemns such acts of terror, which cost the lives of innocent civilians. Fully endorsing the statements of the European External Action Service, we express the hope that a cycle οf violence and counter-violence will be avoided. We express condolences to the families of the victims.
The President of the Republic received the credentials of the new Ambassador of Guatemala, 03.07.14
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 Republic of Guatemala, stationed in Tel Aviv, Μr Alfredo Vasquez Rivera. More..
The President of the Republic received the credentials of the new High Commissioner of Singapore, 03.07.14
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 Republic of Singapore, stationed in Singapore, Μr Leong Horn Kee. More..
The President of the Republic received the credentials of the new Ambassador of Poland, 03.07.14
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 Republic of Poland, Ms Barbara Tuge-Erecinska. More..
The President of the Republic received the credentials of the new Ambassador of Brazil, 03.07.14
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 Republic of Brazil, Μr Appio Claudio Acquarone. More..