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On Cyprus, Minister Lajčák Marks the 30th Anniversary of the Two-Community Dialogue

On Cyprus, Minister Lajčák Marks the 30th Anniversary of the Two-Community Dialogue

10.6.2019 | Aktivity ministra |

The main items on today’s agenda (10 June) of the working visit of the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák to the Republic of Cyprus were the participation in the ceremonial meeting of leaders and representatives of the Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot political parties at the event of the 30th anniversary of the two-community dialogue, talks with Elisabeth Spehar, Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus, a meeting with the minister’s counterpart Nicos Christodoulides and the Speaker of the Cypriot Parliament Demetris Syllouri as well as the opening of the photograph exhibition about the historic role of Slovak diplomacy in the process of seeking solutions to the issue of Cyprus.
 

At his initial meeting with Elisabeth Spehar, Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus, Minister Lajčák confirmed the interest of the Slovak Republic in keeping the Slovak contingent as part of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus. “Slovakia will continue to support the presence of the Slovak contingent in the Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) and in line with the mandate of the UN Security Council.” With his counterpart, Nicos Christodoulides, they acknowledged the contribution and engagement of Slovak diplomacy and its impartial facilitation of the two-community meetings of Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot political parties, which have helped build trust between the two communities living in the split Cyprus.  “The Slovak diplomatic service still offers a helping hand as an impartial broker of the dialogue between Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot political parties.  The participation of the Slovak soldiers in the UNFICYP mission and the facilitation of the two-communityl dialogue on the island reflect the interest of the Slovak Republic in strengthening multilateralism as part of seeking solutions to international issues, including the Cypriot one,” noted Miroslav Lajčák. 
 

The head of Slovak diplomacy also met with the Speaker of the Parliament of Cyprus, Demetris Syllouris, and visited the Committee for Missing Persons. At this meeting, the minister handed over a symbolic check in the value of 10.000,00 euros. The Committee deals with the identification of victims of the Cypriot conflict.
 

The minister’s participation in the ceremonial event of the participants of the two-community dialogue of leaders and representatives of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot political parties was an important item on today’s agenda. “The long tradition of the two-community dialogue shows that there is still good will to engage in a dialogue, emphasized Minister Lajčák on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of talks between the two parties on the divided island, in which Slovak diplomacy has played an important role.
To conclude the first visit of the working visit, the Chief of Slovak diplomacy delivered the opening remarks at the launch of the exhibition of photographs about the role of Slovak diplomacy in the process of seeking solutions to the Cypriot issue. At this event, he highlighted the work of the Slovak diplomats in the two-community dialogue. “We are commemorating the 30th anniversary of the ever-first dialogue which took place on 16 May 1989. We have gathered here to give it a thought and look back,so that we can determine the way forward,” emphasized Miroslav Lajčák.

 

Tomorrow, the minister will open the conference on the 30th anniversary of the two-community dialogue facilitated by the Slovak diplomatic service, and he will also visit the soldiers of the Slovak contingent of UNFICYP peacekeeping force in camp General M.R. Štefánik, in Famagusta. To conclude the event, the Minister will greet the representatives of the active patriot organisations, such as the “Union of Cypriot-Slovak Friendship”, “The Cypriot-Slovak Association of Commerce”, and the Slovak Auxiliary School “Flamingos”.