Source: PIO, CNA
Press release by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Human Rights Day, 10.12.13
Today, we mark the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which, since its adoption in 1948, is regarded as the cornerstone in the field of fundamental rights and freedoms. On this Human Rights Day, many people around the world still do not enjoy the full spectrum of their human rights. The Republic of Cyprus adds its voice to the international community and associates itself to the declaration by the EU High Representative, in this regard. Μοre..
Public consultation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on “Cyprus’ Energy Perspectives and cooperation with the neighboring countries”, 04.12.13
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, launched today the first Public Consultation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with representatives of the Civil Society, discussing the issue concerning: “Cyprus’ Energy Perspectives and cooperation with neighboring countries”. The meeting which took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was held in the context of the government’s initiative to encourage public participation and engagement in formulating government’s policy. For this purpose, the Council of Ministers declared the 4th of December as the “Day of Public Consultation”. More..
Participation of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Informal Meeting of EU State Secretaries and Secretaries General, 04.12.13
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Alexandros N. Zenon, participates in the Informal Meeting of EU State Secretaries and Secretaries General, that takes place in Athens (5-6 December 2013). The meeting is hosted by the incoming Greek Presidency of the Council of the EU. During the meeting the repercussions of the financial crisis, the external dimension of illegal immigration and the enhancement of the co-operation of the member states with the European External Action Service will be discussed. Particular focus will be given on issues related to human resources and co-location of EU and member states diplomatic missions. Also, the incoming Greek Presidency of the Council of the EU will present its program, aims and priorities during the first six months of 2014. More..
Travel Advice for Thailand, 04.12.13
Travel Advice for the citizens of the Republic of Cyprus who are permanent residents or intend to visit Thailand. The citizens of the Republic of Cyprus, who are permanent residents or intend to travel to Thailand, are advised to avoid all but essential travel in certain areas in the country, where mass gatherings and demonstrations may be taking place. Political demonstrations are taking place in parts of Bangkok and have spread to other parts of the country, including the tourist island of Phuket. Cypriot citizens visiting Thailand are advised to monitor news reports (international and local) for any developments, and follow the instructions of the local Authorities. More..
Travel advice for the Central African Republic, 29.11.13
Travel Advice for the citizens of the Republic of Cyprus who are permanent residents, travelling or intend to travel to Central African Republic. Due to conditions of growing instability and insecurity existing in Central African Republic, the citizens of the Republic of Cyprus are advised to avoid travel completely to the country, until the normalization of the situation. In case of emergency, Cypriot citizens can contact the Crisis Management Department at the MFA on +35 7 22801000 or Duty Officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on +35 7 99660129 (after working hours).
Press release by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the working visit to Cyprus by the Panel of Experts on Iran established pursuant to Security Council Resolution 1929 (2010), 25 -26 November 2013, 28.11.13
At the invitation of the Republic of Cyprus, the Panel of Experts on Iran established pursuant to Security Council Resolution 1929 (2010) and operating under the direction of the Security Council Sanctions Committee established pursuant to Security Council Resolution 1737 (2006) paid a two-day working visit to Cyprus on 25-26 November 2013. The Panel has been assigned to assist the aforementioned Sanctions Committee in carrying out its mandate, which includes monitoring and improving the implementation of sanctions imposed by Security Council Resolutions 1737 (2006), 1747 (2007), 1803 (2008) and 1929 (2010) relating to the Islamic Republic of Iran. More..
Press release by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the NAVTEX illegally issued by Turkey concerning seismic surveys in territorial waters and the EEZ of Cyprus, 26.11.13
With a Navigational Warning dated 22 November 2013, Turkey illegally reserved sea areas, which include part of the territorial waters of the Republic of Cyprus, near the southern coasts of the Karpas Peninsula and the Famagusta Gulf, as well as part of the adjacent Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The reason stated, for the reservation of the said areas, is the conduct of seismic survey by the Turkish survey vessel Barbaros Hayrettin Pasa, from 22 November to 18 December 2013. The Cyprus Government issued immediately a Notice, which underlines that sea areas within the Search and Rescue Region of the Republic of Cyprus (which also include the territorial waters) as well as the Cyprus’ EEZ can only be reserved by the Republic of Cyprus. More..
Participation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group, 20.11.13
In the context of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), held in Colombo Sri Lanka, between 15-17 November 2013, it was decided that the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus will participate at the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG). The Action Group is composed by Foreign Ministers of nine Commonwealth member states, appointed by rotation for a period of two years, through a decision taken at each CHOGM. Apart from Cyprus, the other members of the Action Group are Guyana, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Tanzania and Sri Lanka. More..