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The Minister of Foreign Affairs participated in the Informal Ministerial Meeting of the Mediterranean Group “Med Group”

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, participated in the Informal Ministerial Meeting of the Mediterranean Group (Med Group) which took place in Alicante, Spain, on 14 April 2014. The Mediterranean Group has been formed on the initiative of the Cypriot Foreign Minister and constitutes an informal negotiation and coordination group of the seven Mediterranean EU member states (Cyprus, Greece, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Malta.) The first meeting of the Med Group took place in Brussels last December, chaired by Mr Kasoulides, while Spain hosted the second Ministerial Meeting in Alicante, chaired by the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr José Manuel García-Margallo. During yesterday’s meeting, the Foreign Affairs Ministers of the Med Group discussed issues relating to the Neighborhood Policy, with emphasis on the Southern Dimension, the role of the “Union for the Mediterranean”, as well as the migration flows in the Mediterranean in relation, also, with the followed EU approach.-17.4.2014




Remarks by the President of the Republic on his visit to the United Arab Emirates

The President of the Republic, Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, has expressed his conviction that the arduous efforts of the Government to attract foreign investments to Cyprus will be vindicated, noting that the United Arab Emirates show great interest for investments in particular projects in Cyprus. In his remarks to reporters, with regard to his official visit in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the President of the Republic said that “the third cycle of visits to countries of the Arab Gulf has been completed. In assessing the visits, I want to believe that the effort that has been made will eventually bear fruit.-17.4.2014

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Announcement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Cyprus deplores the continued atrocities taking place in Syria as a result of the three- year-old civil war and unequivocally condemns the brutal attacks carried out by extremist groups, like the recent incidents of violence in the Syrian town of Kessab, forcing hundreds of Armenian families to flee. In this regard, we express our grave concern about the future of the religious minorities in Syria, in particular the Christian community, which has been targeted solely for their religious beliefs. Cyprus urges all sides in Syria to immediately end all violence and to work on the comprehensive implementation of the Geneva Communiqué of 30 June 2012 leading to a genuine political transition that meets the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people and enables them independently and democratically to determine their own future. The international community must exert its influence on the warring parties in Syria and make every effort to put an end to the drama of the Syrian people. - 17.4.2014




The CNR will be closed on 18, 19, 20 and 21 April

The Central Newsroom of the Press and Information Office (CNR) will be closed during Easter holidays, from April 18th to April 21st. - 16.4.2014




Τhe President of the Republic concludes his visit to the United Arab Emirates

The President of the Republic Mr Nicos Anastasiades concludes today his official visit to the United Arab Emirates where he had a series of meetings with state officials as well as with investment funds and businessmen in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The President was accompanied during his visit by a delegation that included the Minister of Finance Mr Harris Georgiades, the Minister of Energy Mr George Lakkotrypis, the Government Spokesman Mr Nicos Christodoulides, the Deputy Minister to the President Mr Constantinos Petrides, and other officials. The President of the Republic met yesterday with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi in the framework of which a bilateral Agreement and three Memoranda of Understanding were signed. Today, the President addressed a business forum in Dubai in which a large number of businessmen from Cyprus and the Emirates participated. President Anastasiades and the Cypriot delegation return to Cyprus tomorrow. - 16.4.2014




International Day of Monuments and Sites 18 April 2014

Following a proposal by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), the 18th of April as of 1983 was designated by UNESCO as the International Day for Monuments and Sites. It is celebrated each year with events that aim to make the public aware of its cultural heritage. Citizens are encouraged through a number of events to learn about and appreciate all forms of their heritage. Each year a different topic is promoted and all the events are organized so as to incorporate the specific theme. The theme for 2014 is “Heritage of Commemoration- 60 Years Hague Convention”. The aim of this year’s theme is to make the public aware of the responsibilities and the provisions for all the member states that result from the Hague Convention and its two protocols. The Hague Convention constitutes the first and unique international convention that has legislated the responsibilities and the guidelines that need to be followed from the member states and their armies in the occurrence of armed conflict. The cultural heritage of a place, independent of national and religious orientation, has to remain untouched in time, in the occurrence of armed conflict, in order to be bequeathed as historical testimony of the worldwide history of mankind to the future generations. -16.4.2014

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Address by the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, at the Business Forum in Dubai

Address by the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, at the Business Forum in DubaiI feel truly honored and privileged to have been given the opportunity to address today’s Business Forum in Dubai and to interact with its distinguished participants. Allow me to express my sincere appreciation to the Chairman and members of the United Arab Emirates’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency and the Cyprus-GCC Business Association. Cyprus and the United Arab Emirates have traditionally enjoyed friendly relations. The presence here of so many dignitaries and business people from our two countries highlights the wish to further develop and enhance our cooperation, and explore the business and investment opportunities that Cyprus has to offer, in areas such as commerce, energy, real estate, large scale development projects, shipping, health, technology and innovation, and tourism. -16.04.2014

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The President of the Republic departs for Dubai

The President of the Republic departs for DubaiThe President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, continuing his official visit to the United Arab Emirates, departs today for Dubai. On his way to Dubai, the President, accompanied by the Cypriot delegation, paid a tribute to the Tomb of the Founder of the Nation Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, at the Grand Mosque. Later on, the President of the Republic will address a Business Forum organized by the Chambers of Commerce of Dubai and Cyprus. A large number of Cypriot businessmen will participate in the Forum. -16.04.2014




Ambassador of Cyprus to Stockholm presents his credentials to the President of the Republic of Latvia

During a ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Riga yesterday, April 15, the Ambassador of Cyprus to Stockholm, Mr Andreas S. Kakouris, presented his credentials to the President of the Republic of Latvia, Mr Andris Bērziņš. Following the credentials ceremony and during a meeting with the President of Latvia, they exchanged views regarding the bilateral relations between Cyprus and Latvia and discussed current issues of mutual interest. The Cypriot Ambassador also informed the President on the efforts for solving the Cyprus issue, as well as on economic developments in Cyprus.-16.04.2014




Defence Minister represents Republic of Cyprus in the EU Foreign Affairs Council

Defence Minister, Mr Christoforos Fokaides, participated in the Foreign Affairs Coucil of the European Union, in the Defence Ministers’ configuration, which took place in Luxembourg on April 15. In the morning of April 15, the Ministers conferred as the Steering Board of the European Defence Agency. Later, the Ministers of Defence had the chance to be briefed on the joint statement by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Baroness Catherine Ashton regarding the strategy on Maritime Security. In his intervention, Mr Fokaides stressed the need to maintain the timeframes set by the European Council for drafting a strategy on maritime security by June 2014.-15.04.2014

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Remarks by the Minister of Energy

We are within the timetables that we have set with regard to our plans for the exploitation of the hydrocarbon reserves, said today the Minister of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism Mr. Yiorgos Lakkotrypis. In his remarks to reporters, on the sidelines of the official visit of the President of the Republic Mr. Nikos Anastasiades to Abu Dhabi, the Minister of Energy, when asked to comment on a press agency report which mentions that Israel is changing plans with regard to its hydrocarbon reserves, he said that “to begin with, the choices of the partnership that is operating in Israel’s Exclusive Economic Zone have always been known.” Asked whether there has been any delay in the implementation of our plans, Mr. Lakkotrypis said that “we are within the timetables that we have set.” In response to another question, Mr. Lakkotrypis said that the Government is working for the conclusion of the agreement of a project for the land-based terminal and for the commencement of the exploratory drillings which will last 12 to 18 months.”-15.4.2014




Remarks by the Government Spokesman

The decision to open a Diplomatic Mission by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Nicosia is an important step in strengthening further relations between the Republic of Cyprus and the UAE, said the Government Spokesman Mr Nikos Christodoulides today. He also noted that there is interest for investments in Cyprus, but hard work is required on our part so that there can be results. In his remarks to reporters on the sidelines of the official visit of the President of the Republic to the United Arab Emirates, Mr Christodoulides said that “the visit to the United Arab Emirates takes place in the framework of the series of visits by the President of the Republic to the Gulf states. -15.04.2014

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Statement attributable to the Spokesperson of the Good Offices Mission in Cyprus

The Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis and the Turkish Cypriot negotiator Kudret Özersay met today in the United Nations Protected Area of Nicosia at the Good Offices Mission and concluded the screening phase. They agreed to meet on 6 May 2014 when they will enter the phase of substantive negotiations. In the meantime, the two sides will meet with the UN to prepare the agenda and organization of the next meeting. -15.04.2014




Signing of an Agreement and Memoranda of Understanding between Cyprus and Abu Dhabi

Signing of an Agreement and Memoranda of Understanding between Cyprus and Abu Dhabi
A bilateral agreement for cooperation in the air travel services sector as well as Memoranda of Understanding that concern the energy, tourism, education and science sectors, were signed today in Abu Dhabi where the President of the Republic Mr Nicos Anastasiades is paying an official visit. The Agreement and the Memoranda were signed in the context of the meeting of the President of the Republic with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The Agreement and the Memoranda were signed on behalf of the Republic of Cyprus by the Minister of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism Mr George Lakkotrypis. - 15.4.2014

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Official welcoming ceremony for the President of the Republic at the Presidential Palace of Abu Dhabi

Official welcoming ceremony for the President of the Republic at the Presidential Palace of Abu DhabiThe President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, was officially welcomed today at the Mushrif Palace (the Presidential Palace) by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. An honour guard presented honours as the President of the Republic arrived at the Palace accompanied by the members of the Cyprus delegation. President Anastasiades and Prince Al Nahyan reviewed the military honour guard and then the National Anthems of the two countries were performed. Immediately afterwards, the two delegations, headed by President Anastasiades and the Crown Prince, held talks. -15.04.2014




The Minister of Agriculture participates in the Agriculture and Fisheries Council of the EU

The Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment, Mr Nicos Kouyialis, participated in the meeting of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council of the EU that took place yesterday, in Luxembourg. In the framework of the Council’s deliberations, the Minister of Agriculture briefed its counterparts on the difficult climate conditions that Cyprus faces this year as well as on the consequences of the prolonged drought for the Cypriot producers’ income, noting that this year’s drought appears to be more prolonged than the disastrous drought Cyprus faced in 2008-2009. Mr Kouyialis then asked for financial assistance for Cyprus in support of producers who have suffered serious damage. He also called upon the Council and the European Commission to examine Cyprus’ request as soon as possible due to the seriousness of the situation. -15.04.2014




Minister of Foreign Affairs participates in Foreign Affairs Council

Minister of Foreign Affairs participates in Foreign Affairs CouncilThe Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, participated yesterday in the Foreign Affairs Council of the EU, held in Luxembourg. The main topic for discussion during the Council session was the continued crisis in Ukraine. In his intervention, Minister Kasoulides underlined that everyone should focus on the diplomatic efforts that are underway so as to create the necessary conditions for a substantial de-escalation of the crisis. An important ‘weapon’ that we have for the attainment of this goal, he added, is the meeting in Geneva with the participation of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the USA, Russia and Ukraine and the High Representative of the EU. That is where our efforts, as EU, should focus, he noted. Moreover, Mr Kasoulides said that the imposition of sanctions should not be considered an end in itself but the means leading all the interested parties towards the direction of the diplomatic route. -15.04.2014

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Cyprus’ Ambassador to Romania presents credentials to the President of the Republic of Moldova

The Ambassador of the Republic, stationed in Bucharest, Mrs Kalliopi Avraam, presented her credentials on 9 April 2014 to the President of the Republic of Moldova, Mr Nicolae Timofti, during an official ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Chisinau, the capital city of Moldova. During a tête-à-tête talk between Mr Timofti and Mrs Avraam following the ceremony, the discussion focused on the excellent bilateral relations, the prospects for further advancement of cooperation between the two countries in different fields as well as on the Cyprus problem. Moldova’s European course was also discussed with the Association and Free Trade Agreement expected to be signed soon between the Republic of Moldova and the EU. Lastly, particular emphasis was given to the visa liberalization agreement for Moldovan nationals, signed between the EU and Moldova and expected to enter into force by the end of the month. -15.04.2014




The President of the Republic begins his official meetings in Abu Dhabi

The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, will meet today with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, with whom he will hold official talks. The President, accompanied by the members of the Cypriot delegation, will arrive at the Mushrif Palace this morning, where an official ceremony will take place, followed by expanded talks between the two delegations. Later on a bilateral agreement on air services will be signed as well as Memoranda of Understanding in the areas of energy, tourism, education and science. The Crown Prince will host an official lunch in honour of President Anastasiades. Earlier, the President will meet with the Director General of the Arab Monetary Fund, Dr Abdulrahman Al Hamidy, and afterwards he will meet with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Mubadala Development Company, Mr Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak. -15.04.2014

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