Foreign Minister stresses importance of full implementation of ECHR decisions

Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides has stressed the importance of the full implementation of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) decisions, during his intervention at the annual Council of Europe (CoE) Committee of Ministers session that took place in Elsinore, Denmark. The main issue on the agenda of the session was the role of the CoE in addressing contemporary challenges.

According to a Foreign Ministry press release, during his intervention at the plenary of the ministerial session, Christodoulides underlined, among others, the importance of the full implementation of the ECHR decisions, noting that this is of decisive importance for the future and the effectiveness of the Council of Europe as an institution .

The Foreign Minister expressed Cyprus support to the Council of Europe Secretary General ThorbjA�rn Jaglands efforts to find a solution to the financial problems which the organization faces, in a way that will ensure its unity. Furthermore, he underlined the importance of the Nicosia Convention regarding offences relating to cultural heritage and called on CoE member states, that have not yet done so, to join the Convention.

Christodoulides held on the sidelines of the ministerial session meetings with Jagland and the Foreign Ministers of Andorra and Moldova.

The Foreign Minister informed Jagland about the current phase of the Cyprus problem, the prospects for the resumption of the negotiations, as well as about the positions of the Republic of Cyprus on issues related to the Council of Europe, focusing on the need for the implementation of ECHR relevant decisions.

During his meeting with the Foreign Minister of Andorra, an exchange of views took place as regards the EU-Andorra negotiations with a view to conclude an Association Agreement. Moreover the two ministers discussed the Cyprus problem, focusing on the relevant discussions at the Council of Europe.

They also signed the first bilateral agreement since the establishment of the Cyprus-Andorra diplomatic relations, which concerns an Agreement on the Avoidance of Double Taxation.

Christodoulides also met with the Foreign Minister of Moldova, with whom he exchanged views on the relations between the two countries with a view to further deepen and expand them. The two ministers also discussed about the visit which Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades will pay to Moldova during the second half of 2018.

Source: Cyprus News Agency