The Nordic Countries support the Cyprus reunification negotiations
The frozen negotiations for reunification of Cyprus were resumed after the leaders of Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities on the island adopted a joint declaration to re-launch the negotiations in February. The chief negotiators of both communities also attended the seminar, held in Brussels on 6-7 March, that addressed the economic benefits of potential reunification.
Finland and Cyprus have similar views about the challenges in the Mediterranean and the Middle East
In their meeting, Foreign Ministers of Finland and Cyprus discussed the situation in Cyprus and its neighbourhood. In addition to interior and international issues of Cyprus, the topics on the agenda included Syria and the Middle East. The Ministers also discussed the forthcoming EU Presidency of Cyprus and the importance of promoting the status of women and the international Arms Trade Treaty.
Conclusion of negotiations in Cyprus hoped by year’s end
Alexander Downer, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus, is visiting Finland on 7–8 June. In his meeting with Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb, Downer briefed the foreign minister about the current situation regarding negotiations. “We hope that by the end of the year, it will be possible for the negotiations to be concluded,” Downer stressed.
Foreign Minister Stubb to visit Cyprus, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey
Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb will travel to Cyprus, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey on 4–8 May in order to meet with heads of state and his fellow foreign ministers. On the visit to Lebanon and Syria, Foreign Minister Stubb will be accompanied by Foreign Minister Urmas Paet of Estonia.
A long tradition of good relations between Finland and Cyprus
Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis of Cyprus, who visited Finland on 30–31 January, officially thanked the Finnish Government and thousands of Finns who participated in the peacekeeping operation on Cyprus. At the press conference held together with her Finnish colleague, Minister Kanerva, Kozakou-Marcoullis hoped for assistance from Finland in future as well, until the question of Cyprus has been solved. Kanerva, for his part, said that cooperation between small countries is important.
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