Source: PIO, CNA
The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus and Luxembourg held a meeting, 22.12.15
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, met today with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg, Mr Jean Asselborn, who is paying an official visit to Cyprus. Minister Asselborn was also received by the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades. Issues on the agenda included, inter alia, the recent developments in the negotiation process for the Cyprus problem, bilateral relations and ways for their further strengthening, migration and terrorism. Speaking to the Press, following the tête-à-tête meeting and the official talks of the two delegation, Minister Kasoulides, upon welcoming his Luxembourg counterpart, congratulated him for his country’s productive and successful Presidency of the Council of the EU. “You have shown leadership and efficiency in steering the European Union and its member states in responding to the unprecedented refugee crisis in a spirit of humanity, solidarity and responsibility”, Minister Kasoulides pointed out. More..
The Minister of Foreign Affairs meets with the Prime Minister of Ireland, 22.12.15
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, met yesterday evening at Larnaka Airport with the Prime Minister of Ireland, Mr Enda Kenny, who was passing through Cyprus en route to Tel Aviv. In the context of the meeting, Mr Kasoulides briefed Mr Kenny on the efforts for a settlement of the Cyprus issue and taking this opportunity, a comparison was made with the Good Friday Agreement for peace in Nothern Ireland. Key issues pertaining to the EU were also discussed, and Messrs Kasoulides and Kenny exchanged views on the developments in the crisis of Syria.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs met with his Chinese counterpart, 21.12.15
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, met today with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, Mr Wang Li, in the context of Mr Yi’s official visit to Cyprus. Minister Yi was also received by the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, and the President of the House of Representatives, Mr Yiannakis L. Omirou. The Cyprus problem and China’s role as a Permanent Member of the UN Security Council, ways for further enhancing the bilateral relations of the two countries, with special emphasis on China’s initiative for the Road of Silk, as well as the EU-China relations, were inter alia in the agenda of the official talks of the two delegations. Speaking to the Press after the meeting, Minister Kasoulides, upon welcoming Mr Yi, said that the Chinese Minister was briefed both from the President of the Republic and himself on the course of the negotiations for the Cyprus problem. He noted that the essential role of the UN Security Council was underlined as regards the implementation of a potential settlement to the Cyprus problem. Μοre..
Joint Statement: Second Political Consultations at the level of Secretaries General of Israel, Greece and Cyprus MFA’s, 17.12.15
The second Trilateral Political Consultations at the level of Secretaries General of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Israel, Greece and Cyprus were held in Jerusalem on 16 January 2015 between Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Director General, Ambassador Dore Gold, and his counterparts from Greece and Cyprus, Secretary General Ambassador Dimitris Paraskevopoulos and Permanent Secretary Ambassador Alexandros Zenon, respectively. The first Trilateral Political Consultations at the level of Secretaries General were held in Athens on 12 November 2014. The three parties examined regional and international issues in the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean in view of the importance that they attribute to their enhanced bilateral ties and the desire to formalize a trilateral regional partnership as a promoter of regional stability, security and cooperation. More..
Signing of the Agreement on the Status and Functions of the International Commission on Missing Persons, 16.12.15
The Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus in The Hague, Mr Elpidoforos Economou, signed, on behalf of the Government, the Agreement on the Status and Functions of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), during a ceremony hosted at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, on 14 December 2015. The Republic of Cyprus is thus one of the eight original signatories states of the Agreement, which has also been signed by Chile during the same ceremony, and previously by the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom, Sweden and El Salvador. The Agreement establishes the ICMP as an international organization with full international legal personality and tasked with assisting countries in their efforts to address cases of missing persons. It does not create new international obligations for signatory states. The ICMP was created in 1996 and was successful in accounting the fate of numerous missing persons in the countries of the Western Balkans. It has also cooperated with the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) in making DNA-based identifications of Cypriot missing persons during the period 2012-2014. More..
Foreign Minister participates in the EU Foreign Affairs Council, in Brussels, 14.12.15
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, participated in the EU Foreign Affairs Council, held today in Brussels. The issue of terrorism, the developments in Libya and Iraq, as well as the relations of the EU with its Eastern Partners, were the main issues of discussion. The discussion on counter terrorism was held in the light of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and other non-European countries and focused on the external dimension of the EU relevant actions. In his intervention, Minister Kasoulides, noting that the EU has plenty of tools at its disposal to effectively address terrorism, stressed that the Union should speed up the implementation of actions, on which an agreement was reached, but have not been implemented yet. Especially, the Minister of Foreign Affairs referred to the need of developing cooperation with third countries, particularly with the countries of the Middle East and North Africa. More..
Cyprus – Greece – Egypt Trilateral Summit Athens Declaration, 09.12.15
We, Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic, Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, and Nikos Anastasiades, President of the Republic of Cyprus, cognizant of the immense challenges to the stability, security and prosperity of the Eastern Mediterranean and the need for a concerted and collective response, have met in Athens, Greece, on December 9th, 2015 for the third Greece-Egypt-Cyprus Trilateral Summit, to effectively tackle these challenges and solidify the foundations of our tripartite cooperation in the years to come, building on the significant progress achieved so far. More..
Remarks by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic on facilities for humanitarian and emergency purposes, 07.12.15
A dialogue is taking place between the Governments of Cyprus and Russia on issues concerning facilities for humanitarian and emergency purposes, said the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides tonight. In his remarks to reporters, at the Presidential Palace, Mr Kasoulides said that “as we have repeatedly stated there is a dialogue taking place between the Governments of Cyprus and Russia on issues concerning facilities for humanitarian purposes and for emergency purposes. It concerns an agreement for the evacuation of Russian citizens from the area of the Middle East and for other cases of emergency, as it is also stipulated by international law. The same applies also in the case of France. France and Germany have, in addition, facilities that were granted some time ago, for the participation of these countries in UNIFIL, in other words the United Nations mission in Lebanon.” Μore..
The Minister of Foreign Affairs met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, 02.12.15
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, met today with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Mr Sergey Lavrov, in the framework of Minister Lavrov’s official visit to Cyprus. The Russian Minister was also received by the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, and attended a lunch hosted by President Anastasiades. Issues in the agenda included, inter alia, the bilateral relations, the Cyprus problem and Russia’s role as a Permanent Member of the UN Security Council, Syria the situation in Ukraine, as well as other issues of mutual interest. Special emphasis was also given in the downing of the Russian bomber by the Turkish airforce and the threat of Daesh, focusing on ways to address the threat of terrorism. Speaking to the Press following the tête-à-tête meeting, Minister Kasoulides, upon welcoming his Russian counterpart to Cyprus, referred to the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between “our two brotherly countries”. More..
The Permanent Secretary participated at the meeting EU State Secretaries and Secretaries General in Amsterdam, 02.12.15
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Alexandros N. Zenon, participated at the meeting of EU States Secretaries and Secretaries Generals in Amsterdam on November 30 and December 1, 2015. The meeting took place in view of the Netherlands’ Presidency of the Council of the EU in the first semester of 2016. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands Mr Bert Koenders presented the priorities of the EU Presidency. The four main priorities are: (1) Europe as innovator and job creator, (2) An integral approach to migration and international security, (3) Solid and future proof of European finances and a robust Eurozone, and (4) A climate and energy policy that is looking ahead. The participants also exchanged views on the review EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy and on the operation of the European External Action Service.
Remarks by the Minister of Foreign Affairs about his election as President of Commonwealth Ministerial Group, 29.11.15
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, was elected today President of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group which is concerned with the implementation of the principles and values of the member states of the Commonwealth. In his remarks to reporters, on the sidelines of the last day of the proceedings of the Commonwealth Meeting, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, in response to a question about his election to the Presidency of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group, said that “the Group is concerned with the implementation of the principles and values of the Commonwealth members. This, I believe, is an honor for Cyprus. I was in this Group during the previous two years, but the upgrading is welcomed, since it is meaningful for Cyprus and for the name of Cyprus.” More..
Remarks by the Minister of Foreign Affairs about the visits to Cyprus of Foreign Ministers of UN Security Council member states, 29.11.15
We have covered a considerable distance with regard to the negotiations for the solution of the Cyprus problem, without the need for the involvement of any foreign factor, said the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, today. In his remarks to reporters, on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Meeting in Malta, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, when asked to comment on the international interest in the Cyprus problem, which is also evident by the visits by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Russia and the United States to Cyprus, said that “it is an honor for Cyprus because the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the two great powers and Permanent Members of the UN Security Council will be visiting Cyprus next week. The visit by the Foreign Minister of China will follow a little later. Their visits are welcomed; I believe they will be informed about the developments on the Cyprus problem; I am sure that they will be informed that the negotiations are proceeding well. More..