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Cyprus is seeking a seat on the UN Human Rights Council for the first time

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Cyprus is seeking a seat on the UN Human Rights Council for the first time

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Christodoulidis, announced today, Tuesday, the decision of the Republic of Cyprus to claim, for the first time in its history, a position of a member of the UN Human Rights Council for the period 2025-27.

According to a press release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the announcement was made in the context of the address of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, during the 46th Session of the Human Rights Council, which takes place in Geneva.

In his speech, Mr. Christodoulidis underlined, among other things, that the protection of human rights has always been one of the priorities of the foreign policy of Cyprus. In this context, he stressed the commitment of Cyprus to work with all other UN Member States on the protection and promotion of human rights.

“Strongly believing in the value of multilateralism and international cooperation, we are convinced that Cyprus will make a substantial contribution as a member of the Council, and to this end we aspire to work even more closely with all countries, to achieve our common goal: strengthening human rights for all. “Our commitments, our vision and our goals in this noble pursuit will be presented in due course and I am confident that they will receive broad support,” said the Foreign Minister.

Cyprus is committed to working through a concrete plan in this direction, Mr. Christodoulidis noted, and on a wide range of issues that cover, among others, the areas of gender equality, the fight against trafficking in human beings, children's rights and protection of cultural rights and the impact of climate change on human rights.

In his address to the Council, the Minister of Foreign Affairs also referred to the annual report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the issue of human rights in Cyprus, and on the occasion also informed the House of the latest developments in with the Cyprus issue and the forthcoming informal conference on Cyprus to be convened by the UN Secretary General, with the aim of resuming negotiations for a comprehensive and lasting solution to the Cyprus problem, on the basis of UN Security Council resolutions on a bi-communal and bi-zonal zone.

“Taking this opportunity, I would like to reiterate our unwavering commitment to continue working tirelessly to reach a solution in this context. A solution that will reunite the island, ensuring the unhindered enjoyment of human rights and basic freedoms by all Cypriots “, said Mr. Christodoulidis.

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Source: politis.com.cy

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