Cyprus strongly supports the EUs Eastern Partnership initiative, stresses Foreign Affairs Minister N.Christodoulides

Cyprus strongly supports the Eastern Partnership and the forthcoming Ministerial Meeting on 13 May offers a good opportunity for the EU to reflect with the six Eastern partners on the achievements and weaknesses of this initiative in its 10 years of existence and exchange views on its future prospects, said Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides during the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg.

The Minister attended the EU Foreign Affairs Council today, discussing current issues, the situation in Libya, and developments in Venezuela.

“Our message to the Eastern Partnership fellows must be clear: full implementation of the 20 deliverables is a prerequisite for further strengthening their relations with the EU,” Mr Christodoulides said in a speech during the relevant discussion.

In this context, he also referred to the need for diplomatic relations to be established between the six Eastern partners and all the countries of the Union, stressing the importance attached by Cyprus to the relationship between the EU and the countries of the Southern Neighborhood. He explained that the two aspects together are “an important tool in improving our cooperation with the wider region.”

Furthermore, on the occasion of the briefing of High Representative Federica Mogherini on the current developments in Libya, the Foreign Minister, in his intervention, referred to “the need to support the UN Secretary-Generals Special Envoy for Libya, stressing the importance of stability in country and return to normal conditions “. The Minister noted in his speech that “this is also in the interest of the EU and the countries of the region” and stressed the need for a deeper ministerial discussion in the forthcoming EU Foreign Affairs Council.”

During the debate, Foreign Minister N. Christodoulides had also the opportunity to mention the active participation of women in political life and more specifically in the decision-making process on foreign policy issues. In this context, he informed his counterparts that a Special Advisor on Gender Mainstreaming in Foreign Policy was appointed at the Foreign Ministry.

“The gender dimension is an issue we are gradually seeking to integrate in our relations with neighboring states,” the Foreign Minister added, concluding that “Cyprus is ready to support this effort in the EU as well. ” “It is time to move from proclamations to deeds,” he noted.

Source: Cyprus News Agency