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Foreign Ministry: Cyprus “will not be part of the crisis”, condemnable inflammatory statements

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    The Minister of Foreign Affairs also underlined that the diffusion of the crisis in the region and especially in Lebanon should be avoided and expressed the full support of Cyprus in the intensive diplomatic efforts of the USA and France

    The Cyprus “has not been and will not be part of the crisis”emphasized the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Constantinos Kombos, in the context of the discussion on the crisis in the Middle East at the EU Foreign Affairs Council held on Monday in Luxembourg, indirectly referring to the statements of Nasrallah, without naming the leader of Hezbollah.

    According to a relevant announcement from the General Directorate of Public Security, Mr. Kombos emphasized that “any inflammatory statements aimed at further escalation and destabilization in region are reprehensible” and that “Cyprus has not been and will not be part of the crisis”.

    The Minister of Foreign Affairs also underlined that the diffusion of the crisis in the region and especially in Lebanon should be avoided and expressed the full support of Cyprus in the intensive diplomatic efforts of the USA and France.

    More generally in relation to the situation in the Middle East, Mr. Kombos emphasized that Cyprus supports the implementation of the proposal of the US President, Joe Biden, and in particular the implementation of Resolution 2735 of the United Nations Security Council, calling on all parties to work to create conditions that will lead to start a peace process.

    The agenda of the Foreign Affairs Council included according to the announcement in addition to the situation in the Middle East and the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, relations with the West Balkans, the situation in Georgia and the situation in the Great Lakes region in Africa.

    During the discussion on Ukraine, the Foreign Minister underlined that the EU should take all the necessary decisions so that EU support continues for as long as needed in a robust and predictable way, while reiterating support for Ukraine .

    Mr. Kombos welcomed the approval of the 14th package of sanctions against Russia by the Foreign Affairs Council, underlining that the framework for dealing with sanctions evasion should be significantly strengthened.

    Regarding the Western Balkans , the Ministers discussed with their counterparts from the region in the light of the growing geopolitical competition and the challenges they face.

    Mr. Kombos expressed the firm commitment and support of Cyprus in the accession process of the Western partners Balkan countries and encouraged their full alignment with the objectives and decisions of the EU in the framework of the Common Foreign and Security Policy.

    In the context of the debate on Georgia, the Foreign Ministers underlined the need to respect democracy , the values ​​and principles of the EU as an integral part of its European course.

    Finally, in relation to the situation in the Great Lakes, the Foreign Ministers emphasized the need for effective implementation of the EU Strategy for the region and underlined the support to the Luanda and Nairobi peace processes, the success of which is key to achieving regional peace.

    Source: cyprustimes.com

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