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The President of the Republic sends message of condolence
to the President of South Africa for the passing of Nelson Mandela
In his message of condolence the President of the Republic stated the following: “It is with the most profound sorrow that we received the sad news of the passing away of Nelson Mandela, the former President, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and symbol of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa; the father of the South African nation and a monumental figure of the 20th century.
"In these very difficult times, we stand in full solidarity with the friendly Government and people of South Africa.
"President Nelson Mandela dedicated his life and work to the struggle for human dignity, equality and democracy. His successful contribution to ending apartheid in his country and creating a new democratic South Africa based on the rule of law, freedom of speech, and free and fair elections is the gift he offered to his people and to the whole of humanity.
"Despite suffering imprisonment for 27 years, he approached his former enemies with an admirable lack of bitterness, with forgiveness, generosity, charm, integrity, pragmatism and respect. With his charismatic personality, he achieved the historically rare feat of uniting a fiercely divided country. He was a symbol of a commitment to forgive his enemies in order to promote reconciliation, which he considered imperative to creating a prosperous country for the benefit of all its citizens.
"Cyprus, which is still facing the consequences of foreign military invasion and occupation, as well as violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms, shall always honour his great legacy and remember him with deep affection and admiration.
"On behalf of the people and Government of Cyprus, as well as on my own behalf, I wish to convey to you and to the bereaved family our most sincere condolences and heartfelt sympathy for this great loss.
"May his memory be eternal.”
Statement by the President of the House of Representatives, Mr Yiannakis
L. Omirou, for the passing away of Nelson Mandela
He left an indelible mark on the struggle of his people and of all peoples of the world who fought for equality, justice, the abolition of abhorrent apartheid regimes and the implementation of human rights.
The imprisonment of Nelson Mandela for 27 years in the regime’s prisons will always symbolize the unending struggle against oppression and lack of freedom.
The House of Representatives of the Republic of Cyprus expresses its deep sorrow for the death of this distinguished personality which will remain forever an outstanding symbol of the struggles and sacrifices for freedom and justice.
The Minister of Interior participates in the Justice and Home Affairs
Council in Brussels
During the discussion on the problems arising from the abuse of the free movement of persons in the European Union, Mr Hasikos said that he supports the continuation and strengthening of the free movement of persons as this is a fundamental right and principle of the Union.
During the Council’s deliberations the ‘28’ had the opportunity to exchange views with regard to the report of the European Commission on the establishment and objectives of the Task Force for the Mediterranean, as agreed at the European Council of October 2013.
In his intervention, the Minister of Interior referred to the imperative need to strengthen border surveillance and take measures to avoid the loss of life at sea as a result of illegal immigration. In this framework, he highlighted once again that it is important that the EU proceeds to a decisive and joint solution of the problem that will be based on an overall approach of the immigration issue but also on the principles of solidarity and fair sharing of responsibilities.
In conclusion, Mr Hasikos said that more emphasis should be given to the role of Turkey as cooperation with this country is of major importance for the management of the migratory flows by the EU.
On the sidelines of the Council's deliberations, Mr Hasikos and the Minister of Justice and Public Order, Mr Ionas Nicolaou, had a joint meeting with the Minister of Interior of Greece, Mr Giannis Michelakis, during which they discussed issues relating to the upcoming Greek Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Inscription of the Mediterranean Diet on the UNESCO Representative List
of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
According to the description submitted to UNESCO by the seven countries, the Mediterranean Diet – derived from the Greek word díaita, way of life – is the set of skills, knowledge, rituals, symbols and traditions, ranging from the landscape to the table, which in the Mediterranean basin concerns the crops, harvesting, picking, fishing, animal husbandry, conservation, processing, cooking, and particularly sharing and consuming the cuisine. As a unique lifestyle determined by the Mediterranean climate and region, the Mediterranean Diet also appears in the cultural spaces, festivals and celebrations associated with it. These spaces and events become the receptacle of gestures of mutual recognition and respect, of hospitality, neighbourliness, conviviality, intergenerational transmission and intercultural dialogue.
Each country selected an emblematic community in order to describe the Mediterranean Diet on its territory, as a way of life and fruit of constant sharing. These communities are: Agros (Cyprus), Brac and Hvar (Croatia), Soria (Spain), Koroni/Coroni (Greece), Cilento (Italy), Chefchaouen (Morocco) and Tavira (Portugal).
Agros is a traditional village in the Troodos Mountains, in the Pitsillia area. It stands on a wine route, surrounded by vineyards, pine trees, wild roses and herbs, among others. The diverse natural surroundings, the rich cultural heritage, the warm hospitality of the inhabitants and the preservation of several traditions make the Pitsillia area in general –and Agros in particular- one of the most beautiful places in Cyprus and highly representative of the cultural identity of the island. Some of the traditional products made there are: tsamarella, hoiromeri, posyrti and lountza pitsilias, zivania, soutsioukkos, ppalouzes, kkiofterka, traditional sweets and the well-known Agros rose water.
The nomination file of Cyprus was prepared by the Cyprus National Commission for UNESCO and the experts for Intangible Cultural Heritage in Cyprus, Dr Aggel Nikolaou – Konnari, in collaboration with the Permanent Delegation of Cyprus at UNESCO, the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Department of Agriculture of the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment and the Community of Agros. The identification and description of the local products of the Mediterranean Diet in Cyprus appears in the Gastronomical Map of Cyprus, the Cyprus Food Virtual Museum and the publication of the Cyprus Research Center Elements of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Cyprus (Nicosia 2012).
The Energy Charter has come a long way since the early nineties, when it emerged as a declaration of political will to promote cooperation in energy, one of the most vital sectors for our economies and for security and prosperity. Today, we look back at the last 15 years under the Energy Charter Treaty, a legally binding multilateral instrument, and we congratulate its contribution towards the security and promotion of energy investments. Investments that bring energy across the borders and seas, between the countries of Eurasia.
For Cyprus, a thus far isolated energy market in the south east stretch of Europe, such investments are becoming increasingly important. The European targets set for completing the internal energy market and ending any energy isolation, pave the way for energy interconnections with Europe and other nearby countries. Moreover, the recent discoveries of oil and natural gas in our offshore waters, necessitate not only the legal agreements with our neighbours, but also large scale infrastructure, to sustainably exploit such large amounts of resources and deliver them for use in the European and global markets.
For these reasons, a series of projects, included in the European Commission’s list of Projects of Common Interest, is currently on the way. The cluster of projects commercially known as “EuroAsia Interconnector”, will connect the electricity markets of Israel, Cyprus and Greece. In addition, a natural gas pipeline, linking our offshore platforms to Greece through Cyprus, will serve as a direct, steady flow supply to the European market.And finally, an LNG Liquefaction Terminal, in combination with the “Mediterranean Gas Storage” Project, will enable us to supply natural gas to many terminals in Europe and worldwide.
As you can understand, protection and promotion of investments in energy, is of the outmost importance. With the increasing interdependence between the world’s energy exporting, transit and importing countries, it is beyond doubt that legal frameworks such us the Energy Charter Treaty, are crucial for creating a level playing field and mitigating investment risk in the energy sector. For us, it is also a medium for fostering cooperation and relieving political tension.
Located in front of you is a small gift that Cyprus would like to present you with; an emblem in silver pressed between layers of glass. It is a representation of an ancient cargo ship, whose wreckage was found at the bottom of the sea, just a few miles off the coast of Kyrenia, our northernmost city. You see, Cyprus has always been a trading centre for the region, stretching routes and relationships between Europe, the Middle East, Africa and even further.To the honourable Ministers, Deputy Ministers and Secretaries General who are with us today, I’d like to present a symbol of peace and prosperity; an olive branch cast in silver from a real olive tree.
I would also like to offer a similar gift to our Secretary General, Ambassador Urban Rusnak, for his efforts in enhancing the Energy Charter. I wish him the best of success in his future endeavours regarding the fostering of strong, healthy, multilateral energy cooperation, for the benefit of the Energy Charter’s constituency and their citizens.
On a closing note, I welcome you once more to our capital Nicosia. Please take some time to discover the city, which imprints the history of our country over thousands of years. I wish you all a productive and fruitful conference and I hope that your stay in Cyprus is a most pleasant one.
Thank you for your attention.New Publication by the Office of the Law
The Office of the Law Commissioner has recently published the following edition:
The Seventh Amendment of the Constitution Law of 2013
The above publication is available for purchase from the Government
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