Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, Ioannis Kasoulides, addressed on Wednesday the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe presenting the priorities and activities of the Cyprus Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers.
Kasoulides referred to the need to reinforce democratic safety in Europe, unity and commitment to common European values in order to overcome challenges.
Referring to terrorism, he said that we have to secure that human rights and tolerance must prevail over hatred which terrorists seek to spread.
He stressed the importance of taking preventing measures against radicalisation and hate speech, starting from the local level.
An important tool towards this direction is the development of a democratic culture and democratic civil education, issues that were discussed during the Ministerial Conferences of Ministers of Education of the CoE that took place in Nicosia this month, he said.
Concluding, he referred to the protection of cultural heritage and the activities of the Cyprus Chairmanship to promote a new Convention of CoE regarding crimes related to cultural goods.
The Minister replied to a series of questions, including questions about the Cyprus negotiations, which have been interrupted last month by the Turkish Cypriot side.
On the sidelines of his presence at the Congress, the Minister held a meeting with CoEs General Secretary Thorbjorn Jagland, with whom he discussed about the upcoming Ministerial Meeting in Nicosia, as well as with President of the Congress Gudrun Mosler-Tornstrom.
Source: Cyprus News Agency