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.
The Government offered its sincere condolences to the families of victims of the shooting incident in Jokela
The Government of Finland discussed in its evening session on 7 November the shooting incident that had taken place in the Jokela School Centre. After the meeting, Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen extended the Government’s heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of victims of the incident. During the evening session, the Government observed a short period of silence to commemorate the victims.
Foreign Minister Tuomioja: No agreement on Turkey-Cyprus issue
"I morse träffade jag först Cyperns utrikesminister Lillikas och därefter Turkiets utrikesminister Gül. Vi kom dessvärre till den slutsatsen att det inte i detta skede finns förutsättningar att nå en överenskommelse under Finlands ordförandeskap", sade utrikesminister Erkki Tuomioja i Tammerfors måndagen den 27 november.
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