Cyprus Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides on Thursday met with his counterparts from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, Mukhtar Tleuberdi and Vladimir Norov, in the framework of OSCE ministerial Summit in Lodz, Poland.
On the agenda was the Cyprus issue, the observer status granted to the illegal regime in Turkish occupied areas by the Organization of Turkic states and bilateral ties between Cyprus and Kazakhstan and Cyprus and Uzbekistan.
A press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that the two countries are members of the Organization of Turkic States and participated in the organization’s recent meeting in Samarkand.
Kasoulides discussed with them the decision of the Organization of Turkic States to revise its statute to accept the occupying regime in Cyprus as an observer.
The two Ministers, the press release reads, pointed out that their states’ stance is governed by adherence to international law and respect of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of all states and the Republic of Cyprus, in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolutions.
The two states condemn any act of secession and unilateral declaration of independence as they are also concerned about possible ramifications that such an act would have in the Central Asian region, according to the press release.
As regards the bilateral relations, Kasoulides and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan agreed to intensify efforts to conclude bilateral agreements on a number of issues and to proceed with political consultations.
Also, the two Ministers agreed on the future opening of Consulates General under the condition of a direct air connection between Cyprus and Kazakhstan.
With Norov Cyprus FM discussed the development of a dialogue on political consultations and defined initiatives that will lead to the strengthening of bilateral relations.
Source: Cyprus News Agency