State Secretary Štucin holds consultation with Cyprus’ Permanent Secretary Kouros
State Secretary Marko Štucin held consultations in Nicosia with the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus, Kyriacós Kouros.
State Secretary Štucin and his Cypriot host Kouros reviewed the cooperation between the two countries. They called for further strengthening of constructive and partner cooperation between Slovenia and Cyprus, two smaller EU member states that share their views on enhancing Mediterranean cooperation within the EU Med Group, an informal alliance of countries. They underlined their mutual interest in preserving the dynamic of visits and regular dialogue as well as strengthening economic cooperation and direct investments.
The two officials then exchanged views on the current situation in the Eastern Mediterranean. They discussed Cyprus’ proposals relating to the relaunch of peace negotiations on the Cyprus issue and expressed the hope that the situation will allow for the resumption of negotiations, the ultimate goal being reunification of the island. They highlighted the need to respect international law, territorial integrity, peaceful settlement of disputes, and solidarity and unity within the EU.
Štucin and Kouros also discussed the current situation in the Western Balkans, focusing on guaranteeing stability in the region and in the European enlargement policy. They agreed on the imperative to continue to demonstrate solidarity and offer support to Ukraine.
State Secretary Štucin also met with the Director for European Affairs at the Cypriot foreign ministry, Louis Telemachou. The two exchanged views on current European issues, focusing on the rule of law, Schengen and migration challenges on the Western Balkan and the Eastern Mediterranean migration route. They also discussed measures for dealing with these pressures that must remain a focal issue on the EU agenda. The Slovene side once again urged the abolition of internal border controls in the Schengen area.
During his visit to Cyprus, State Secretary Štucin also met with the Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus, Colin Stewart, and the Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Slovenia in Cyprus, Evros Alexandrou, leading the Consulate General of the Republic of Slovenia in Limassol.