Cyprus Foreign Minister Participates in EU and Indo-Pacific Ministerial Meetings
The Foreign Minister of Cyprus, Constantinos Kombos, recently participated in two important ministerial meetings, the informal meeting of foreign ministers of the European Union (Gymnich) and the Indo-Pacific Ministerial Meeting held in Stockholm. During these meetings, he addressed various issues including Ukraine, EU-China relations, and security challenges in the Indo-Pacific region. Kombos also highlighted Cyprus’ support for the peaceful resolution of maritime disputes in accordance with international law and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
EU-China Relations and Ukraine: Kombos’ Interventions at the Gymnich Meeting
At the Gymnich discussions, Kombos addressed two important issues that were discussed by the foreign ministers, namely Ukraine and EU-China relations. On the issue of Ukraine, Kombos emphasized the importance of EU’s long-term planning and tangible support towards Ukraine. He also stressed the need to avoid any gaps or “blind spots” in the EU’s approach towards Ukraine, especially on the issue of sanctions. Kombos highlighted that Ukraine’s future lies within the EU, but it would require an ambitious reform programme in the country.
Regarding EU-China relations, Kombos emphasized the importance of a structured dialogue between the EU and China, which focuses on the issues that are important for the union while maintaining European principles and values.
Cyprus’ Support for the Peaceful Resolution of Maritime Disputes: Kombos’ Intervention at the Indo-Pacific Ministerial Meeting
At the Indo-Pacific Ministerial Meeting, Kombos participated in a roundtable discussion on security challenges in the region. He highlighted Cyprus’ longstanding support for the peaceful resolution of maritime disputes in accordance with international law and the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Kombos emphasized that the dispute settlement mechanisms of the Convention provide the international community with the appropriate means to deal effectively with critical issues such as maritime safety, exploration and exploitation of natural resources, and dispute resolution.
Meetings with Foreign Ministers from India, Japan, Indonesia, and Singapore
On the sidelines of these meetings, Kombos held meetings with his counterparts from India, Japan, Indonesia, and Singapore. These meetings were aimed at enhancing cooperation and promoting Cyprus’ interests in these regions.
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