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Welcome Message from Ambassador Andreas D. Mavroyiannis


Dear friends,

Welcome to the Permanent Mission of Cyprus to the United Nations.

Cyprus has been a proud member of the UN since its independence in 1960. The UN has always been at the core of Cyprus’ foreign policy; as a small state and living in the major part of his history as an independent state, with a national problem caused by its mighty neighbor, Cyprus relies on effective multilateralism to achieve peace, prosperity, and promotion of universal values. We must continue to invest in the United Nations as the best hope we have for conflict prevention and resolution, sustainable development, respect for human rights, and democracy.

It is a privilege to serve my country as its Permanent Representative to the United Nations for the second time in my career. My team and I will work tirelessly to advance the interests, the principles, and the vision of Cyprus and of the European Union and to work collectively with our colleagues from around the world to tackle the serious global challenges we face, in synergy and cooperation in a sustained collective effort for a better world for all.

Please follow our activities here on the website and on twitter @CyprusinUN.

Ambassador Andreas D. Mavroyiannis


mavroyiannis-scStatement by Ambassador  Andreas D. Mavroyiannis, at the Security Council Open Debate on “Maintenance of International Peace and Security: Upholding the UN Charter”

9 January 2020 



Mr. President,

I wish to thank you for organizing this extremely topical debate and wish Vietnam a successful tenure on the Council.

While reaffirming the Charter as the foundation of the system of collective security and the Security Council as the organ entrusted with the main responsibility for the maintenance and/or the restoration of international peace and security, it is important that this debate goes well beyond this. We need in particular to reassess the Council’s evolution, since it reflects on the Charter, as well as the Council’s record, since it reflects on the UN system as a whole.

We need in particular to remind ourselves that the Security Council remains a sui generis body legitimized to some extent by history and power relations on the international level, but more so, by its capacity to uphold international peace and security. Such a teleological approach to legitimacy comes with a number of caveats and entails full accountability towards all stakeholders, be they Member States or other bodies or organizations. The Council needs to constantly demonstrate its relevance and, it is in this context that we need to integrate the ongoing debates on its working methods, enlargement and representativity, the constantly widening definition of threats to international peace and security, and the effectiveness of its decisions and actions. …..read more