September 19, 2017

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Welcome Message from Ambassador Kornelios S. Korneliou

korneliosIt is my pleasure to welcome you to the website of the Permanent Mission of Republic of Cyprus to the United Nations, which provides useful information about Cyprus and our activities in the United Nations.

Cyprus has been a member of the United Nations since its independence in 1960. Cyprus has always attached great emphasis to multilateralism and international law and is deeply committed to the values and principles enshrined in the UN Charter.

Actively engaged in the promotion of peace and security as well as the protection of human rights and cultural heritage, Cyprus strongly supports the central role of the United Nations in the maintenance of international peace. We are also determined to a peaceful solution to the Cyprus problem that will restore the unity of our country and will safeguard the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Cyprus and the respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms of all Cypriots.

Cyprus, a member of the European Union since 2004, is also fully committed to the promotion of economic and social development, including the Sustainable Development Goals and wishes to play its part in addressing the main challenges of today such as climate change, poverty and gender equality.

As a maritime nation and an island-state, Cyprus attributes particular emphasis to the respect of the Law of the Sea and the universally recognized principles and norms prescribed by UNCLOS.

I thank you for your interest and I do hope that this website can serve as a window to Cyprus’ activities in the United Nations.

Ambassador Kornelios S. Korneliou
Permanent Representative of the Republic of Cyprus to the UN


Side event at the UN Headquarters on September 25

Children on the Move: Preventing Trafficking by Implementing the UN Global Plan of Action



korneliou-sc-29-8-17Statement delivered by the Permanent Representative Amb. Kornelios Korneliou

Security Council Open Debate: UN Peacekeeping Operations: Their potential contribution to the overarching goal of sustaining peace

 United Nations, 29 August 2017

Mr. President,

I would like to start by congratulating the Egyptian Presidency of the Security Council for organizing this important and timely debate. Cyprus aligns itself with the statement of the European Union and would like to add the following remarks in its national capacity.

Over 70 years of history, the UN has responded to evolving peace and security challenges by developing and adopting a wide range of tools and instruments and today, it continues to contribute greatly in peace consolidation and conflict prevention. [read more]