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Participation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council (Gymnich)

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, departs tomorrow for Luxembourg to participate in the informal meeting of the EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs (Gymnich), to be held on 4-5 September. The meeting is hosted by the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU. During the meeting, discussion will emphasize on the migration issue. The Middle East issue, the agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, as well as the EU relations with Eastern Partnership and Russia, will also be discussed. -02.09.2015




Press Release on behalf of the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP)

Yesterday, a CMP excavation team discovered a burial site, containing multiple human remains in a military area near the new prison in the north of Nicosia. This is the twelfth excavation conducted by the CMP in this large area, all previous ones having been unsuccessful, due to major changes in the topography that have occurred over the past decades. The exhumation of remains is ongoing and, once completed, the CMP will be able to provide information on the number of remains found. The successful discovery of this site was made possible through information provided to the CMP by a new witness. The CMP, therefore, reiterates its call on anyone with information on possible burial sites to come forward, in order to help the Committee to locate, identify and return to their families the more than 1.000 Cypriots still missing. -02.09.2015




Draft transcript of the statements of the UNSG’s Special Adviser on Cyprus after his meeting with the President of the Republic

Draft transcript of the statements of the UNSG’s Special Adviser on Cyprus after his meeting with the President of the RepublicWe had a very interesting day, a good leaders’ meeting, long and substantive meeting, and now I have met both with the leaders, Mr Akinci and then Mr Anastasiades, where we both reflected on the state of play, on what has happened over the last weeks, because the last leaders’ meeting was on the 27th July and then today. The negotiators have met not less than 11 times in the meantime and a lot of ground has been covered. Now the leaders are reflecting on this and we are basically now discussing how to move forward and what are the next steps, and how we can continue to build on this momentum that we have. I will say again, as I have said many times, that there is still a lot of work to be done, there are issues that we have yet to go into and then there are issues, where we have strategic understanding and we need to fill in the details and there is a lot of work in the detail in order to get all this right. The good mood continues, the trust is strong and increasing with every meeting and what I really want to say is that I am deeply impressed by the two leaders, the way they are able to work together honestly, being clear on their positions but also trying to accommodate and find ways to understand the other side. This is remarkably positive as an attitude. -01.09.2015

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Speech by the President of the House of Representatives at the 4th World Conference of Speakers of Parliament

Speech by the President of the House of Representatives at the 4th World Conference of Speakers of ParliamentOur debate here, at the General Assembly Hall of the UN Headquarters in New York, reflects how different our world is today compared to the beginning of the 21st century, when the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were launched. In the last fifteen years, the world has witnessed major political and social changes, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa. Europe is undergoing an unprecedented in modern time financial crisis and other structural changes, while, at the same time, many developing countries are still experiencing poverty in all its forms. Increasing challenges, which call for careful and responsible conduct, still remain: Vulnerable democracies, climate change, sustainable management of natural resources, terrorism and other universal issues. Challenges that call for concerted action and renewed involvement. At the same time, we are also considering new ways to support development. More actors are involved in the process of creating sustainable development, while other international stakeholders involved in climate change and environment issues are pursuing similar agendas and initiatives. -01.09.2015

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The President of the Republic had a telephone communication with the President of the European Commission

The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, had today a long telephone communication with the President of the European Commission, Mr Jean-Claude Juncker. During their conversation, the President of the Republic briefed Mr Juncker on the latest developments on the Cyprus problem and referred to the supporting role that the EU can play in the ongoing dialogue. On his part, Mr Juncker expressed the willingness and readiness of the European Commission to contribute to the ongoing effort for a solution to the Cyprus problem. President Anastasiades and Mr Juncker also discussed the developments in the Eastern Mediterranean region, with emphasis on the energy sector, and underlined the added value that the exploitation of the (natural gas) reserves in the area will have in the efforts of the EU to create a new energy route to the member states of the Union. -01.09.2015

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Statement delivered by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus, Mr Espen Barth Eide, on behalf of the two leaders

Today, the Greek Cypriot leader, Mr Nicos Anastasiades and the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr Mustafa Akinci, renewed efforts to achieve their shared goal of reaching a comprehensive settlement as swiftly as possible. The leaders reviewed the significant and substantive work done by the negotiators and their teams since their last meeting on 27 July. The negotiators met 11 times. The negotiators increased the frequency of their meetings and deepened their discussions on core issues to push forward progress both leaders want to see. They have maintained their clear focus on reaching a mutually beneficial solution for all. When necessary they have called upon the presence of members of the Working Groups of Experts, particularly on issues related to Property, the Economy and EU matters. The Working Groups of Experts have also met separately, equipped with guidance from the negotiators. -01.09.2015

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