Foreign Ministers of Cyprus and Norway discuss ways to enhance relations

Ways to further enhance cooperation were examined during a meeting Cyprus’ Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides held with his Norwegian counterpart, Ine Marie Eriksen Soreide in Oslo.

During the meeting, the two reviewed bilateral relations between Cyprus and Norway and discussed specific ways to further enhance and expand bilateral cooperation, a Foreign Ministry press release said.

Views were exchanged on topics such as energy, gender equality, tackling climate change, economic diplomacy, security and defence, while current regional issues of common interest were also examined.

The two Ministers discussed about taking joint actions and initiatives at regional and international level, such as holding an International Conference in the first half of 2020 on the role of women in modern international relations. Christodoulides and Soreide also discussed holding specialised intergovernmental workshops on exchanging know-how on renewable energy and energy resources management issues.

The Cypriot Minister briefed his Norwegian counterpart on the latest developments in the Cyprus issue, following the meeting in Berlin between the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, as well as Turkeys illegal actions in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone.

The Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs also met with the Norwegian Deputy Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Rikard Gaarder Knutsen, where he was informed on the adoption of best practices in RES exploitation and pipeline connectivity to transfer natural gas to mainland Europe.

During his stay in the Norwegian capital, the Foreign Minister met with the Parliaments Foreign and Defence Committee. He was also the keynote speaker at the PRIO Research Institute, at a public lecture on “Effective Multilateralism for Regional Stability: Cyprus”. for the Eastern Mediterranean Region , which launched the newly formed PRIO Middle East Division.

The Foreign Minister returns to Cyprus today, Thursday, November 28.

The UN Secretary-General said on Monday that he committed to explore with Anastasiades, Akinci and the guarantor powers the possibility to convene an informal five party meeting on Cyprus at an appropriate stage, following the informal dinner he had in Berlin with Anastasiades and Akinci.

Guterres also noted that the leaders of Cyprus affirmed their commitment to the Joint Declaration of 11 February 2014, the prior convergences, and the six point framework he presented on 30 June 2017 with a view to achieve a strategic agreement paving the way forward for a comprehensive settlement.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency