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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-02-20

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  • [01] FM - MIDDLE EAST
  • [04] FM - EU COUNCIL

  • [01] FM - MIDDLE EAST

    Cyprus is ready to support democratically elected governments which may arise from the crisis in different countries in the Arab Gulf and the Middle East, Foreign Minister Markos Kyprianou has said. He also said that Cyprus must not be regarded as interfering in the internal affairs of these countries, since this would only have a negative fallout.

    We are ready to cooperate with them, irrespective of the outcome, the Minister said at Larnaca Airport, on departure for Brussels to attend the EU General Affairs Council.

    Kyprianou highlighted the importance of tonights extraordinary meeting of EU FMs to discuss exclusively developments in Egypt and Tunisia, noting that the crisis is also spreading to other states such as Libya, Algeria and in the states of the Gulf.

    This is particularly important for Cyprus, being in the area, and we would like to be actively involved in shaping EU policy. My recent visits to the countries of the region will help us analyse the situation and outline our views, as Europeans, but also to explain how our neighbours see the situation, the Minister said.

    Kypranou said that his meetings in Israel, earlier this week, would contribute to a better analysis of the situation, given that Israel will be affected by developments in this area.

    Replying to questions, the FM indicated that any instability or uncertainty is worrisome.

    What is important is to see where this process will lead to. We believe it should lead to a free exercise of democratic rights of the citizens in these countries and result in a democratically elected government, he added.

    This, he pointed out, is the objective and Europe must be ready to support it.

    We must also be prepared, irrespective of the outcome and provided that democratic processes are adhered to, to accept it and continue our cooperation with these countries, he said.

    Cyprus, he noted, believes that acceptance of the democratic processes must not depend on whether the outcome of such processes is to our liking or not.

    The people of these countries will speak out. We are ready to support them, one must not consider that we are interfering or intervening in their internal affairs as such an approach will only have negative repercussions, he concluded.


    The government has issued travel advice to Cypriot nationals, asking them to avoid places of mass gatherings either in Libya or in Bahrain, because of the volatile situation in these two countries.

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces that in the Great Socialist Peoples Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, violent demonstrations are taking place in the eastern areas of the county. Consequently, citizens of the Republic of Cyprus, who intend to visit Libya, are advised to avoid places of mass gatherings, an official press release says.

    For any consular information and assistance, interested persons may contact the duty officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 99660129


    A two-day Inter- parliamentary seminar on the proliferation of small and light weapons has concluded in Nicosia, with the adoption of a joint declaration. The seminar was organized by the House of Representatives and the Parliamentary Forum on Small Arms and Light Weapons and the main objective was to bring up the armed violence prevention on the political agenda in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa.

    According to an official announcement, the meeting was attended by representatives of the Parliaments of Algeria, Cyprus, Jordan, Morocco and the Palestinian National Authority. Also, the Parliaments of Cameroon, Colombia, Sierra Leone and Sweden participated as members of the Forums Presidency.

    President of the House of Representatives Marios Garogian as well as Vice President of the Parliamentary Forum, Member of Parliament of Sierra Leone Ibrahim Sorie, opened the Seminar on Friday. A message by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcos Kyprianou was also read at the Seminar. This was the first regional meeting held on the Middle East and North Africa region.

    [04] FM - EU COUNCIL

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Markos Kyprianou has left for Brussels to participate in a meeting of the General and Foreign Affairs Council of the EU, on February 20-21. According to an official announcement, Kyprianou will attend a working dinner on Sunday of the EU Foreign Affairs Council which will deal with the developments in Egypt and the region: Political dimensions.

    The Council will also discuss, among other topics, developments in the Southern Neighbourhood, EU priorities on human rights and EU participation in the UN General Assembly. During the Council meeting, the forthcoming EU strategies for the Sahel and the Horn of Africa, the situation in Belarus and the implementation of the EU decisions on Pakistan will also be discussed.

    The General Affairs Council will take stock of the follow-up to be given to the European Council`s meeting on 4 February, which focused on energy and innovation.

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