Political declaration of Francophonie Summit includes reference to Cyprus

Francophonie Summit concluded its deliberations on Sunday in Djerba, Tunisia, with the participation of Cyprus Foreign Affairs Minister Ioannis Kasoulides who represented President Nicos Anastasiades.

A press release issued on Monday by the MFA says that on Friday the Minister participated in the ministerial meeting of the Organization, where the political priorities of the Francophonie were adopted, which are based on strengthening of connectivity and digital transformation as well as the need to promote the participation of women and young people in state and social structures.

In his intervention during the ministerial meeting, Kasoulides expressed Cyprus’ support for the Organization’s political priorities document, highlighting the need to implement horizontal policies with the aim of achieving its goals.

He praised the importance of including reference in the text of the political declaration, which calls, among other things, for respect for the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Cyprus as well as the need to find a solution to the Cyprus issue on the basis of the Resolutions of the UN Security Council .

Between November 19-20 the Heads of State and government participated in thematic meetings and round table discussions. On the sidelines Kasoulides had a series of contacts and meetings with counterparts from Congo, Moldova, Serbia, Cameroon, France, Andorra, Armenia and North Macedonia.

He exchanged views on issues concerning bilateral relations and regional developments. Within the framework of the Summit, the Minister held contacts with President of the European Council, Charles Michel, French President Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, President of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan and other world leaders.

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