December 10, 2019

Statement by Amb. Mavroyiannis at the plenary meeting of the GA on the Olympic Ideal

Sport for development and peace: building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic Ideal

9 December 2019

Mr. President,

Fully subscribing to the statement of the European Union, I wish to make some additional remarks because of my country’s strong links with the Olympic Ideal, formed through Cyprus’ participation in the Olympic Games since their initiation in antiquity. [Read more…]

Statement by Ms. Polly Ioannou, UN SC – International Peace and Security, 19 November 2019

Open Debate on the role of reconciliation in maintaining international peace and security

Security Council, United Nations

Mr. President,

While peace agreements may treat the symptoms of conflicts, their cause cannot be fully addressed without the restoration – at the grassroots level – of the fractured relationship that starts or fuels the conflict cycle. As the human pillar of conflict resolution, complementing its political and justice [Read more…]

Statement by Ms. Polly Ioannou – Report of the ICC – 4 November 2019

Report of the International Criminal Court at the 74th Plenary Session of the United Nations General Assembly

 4 November 2019

Mr. President,

My remarks today are complementary to the statement delivered by the European Union. I wish to thank President Eboe-Osuji for his presentation of this year’s report and welcome the intense level of the Court’s activity during the reporting period, with 11 situations under investigation by the Prosecutor, 10 ongoing preliminary examinations and 3 trial proceedings. [Read more…]

Statement by Amb. Mavroyiannis, Report of the International Court of Justice, 30 October 2019

74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on the Report of the International Court of Justice

30 October 2019

Mr. President,

At the outset, allow me to thank President Yusuf for his introduction of this year’s report of the International Court of Justice. I also wish to thank former Registrar Philippe Couvreur for his dedicated service to the Court in his nearly 20 years as its Registrar. [Read more…]

Statement by Amb. Mavroyiannis, 3rd Committee, Protection and Promotion of Human Rights, 28 October 2019

Mr. Chairman,

In addition to the statement of the European Union, my delegation would like to make some specific remarks on the violations of individual and collective human rights and fundamental freedoms of Cypriots that stem from the invasion and ongoing [Read more…]

Statement by Mr. Haris Chrysostomou, Sixth Committee, 15 October 2019

Item 75 – “Responsibility of States for internationally wrongful acts”

Plenary Meeting of the Sixth Committee, 74th UN General Assembly, 15 Oct. 2019

Mr. Chairman,

As this is the first time my delegation takes the floor, allow me to congratulate you on your election and wish you and the Bureau every success in steering our work. [Read more…]

Statement by President Anastasiades – 74th Session of the General Assembly

General Assembly Seventy-fourth session, 7th plenary meeting His Excellency Nicos Anastasiades, President, Republic of Cyprus

General Assembly Seventy-fourth session, 7th plenary meeting
His Excellency Nicos Anastasiades, President, Republic of Cyprus

United Nations, 26 September 2019

Mr. President,

Your Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

At the outset, I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to You Mr. President and assure of my Government’s unwavering support throughout your tenure. [Read more…]

Statement by Ms. Polly Ioannou on the Report of the Security Council

United Nations General Assembly, 12 September 2019

Madam President,

I wish to thank the President of the Security Council for the month of September for his presentation of the Council’s annual report for 2018. We consider essential the meaningful discussion of this report by the General Assembly, given that the Council discharges its responsibilities on behalf of all of us and that the success of the international political and legal order established by the UN depends on the principal organs fulfilling their distinct but complementary roles. [Read more…]

Ambassador Andreas D. MAVROYIANNIS

%ce%b4%ce%b9%ce%b1%cf%80%ce%b9%cf%83%cf%84%ce%b5%cf%85%cf%84%ce%ae%cf%81%ce%b9%ce%b1-ma-%cf%87%ce%b5%ce%b9%cf%81%ce%b1%cf%88%ce%af%ce%b1Ambassador Andreas D. Mavroyiannis has been the Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the United Nations since July 2019. At the same time, he retains his functions as the Negotiator of the Greek-Cypriot community in the inter-communal talks on the settlement of the Cyprus problem, a position he has served in since 1 September 2013.

Ambassador Mavroyiannis has been involved full time in the Cyprus peace process, which is conducted in the framework of the United Nations Secretary-General’s good offices mission in Cyprus, since 2013. Between 1 March 2013 and 31 August 2013, he served as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus.

Between October 2011 and January 2013, Ambassador Mavroyiannis was Deputy Minister to the President of Cyprus, for European Affairs. His portfolio included the overall responsibility for preparing and running the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the EU in the second semester of 2012, representing the Cyprus Government to EU Institutions, presiding over Council formations, as well as representing the Presidency and the Council before the European Parliament.

Ambassador Mavroyiannis joined the Foreign Service of Cyprus in 1987. He has served as Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the European Union (2008-2011), Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the United Nations in New York (2003-2008), Ambassador to France (1999-2002), and Ambassador to Ireland (1997-1999). He was a member of the Greek-Cypriot negotiating team in the Cyprus peace process between 2003-2008 and he served twice as the Foreign Minister’s Chef de Cabinet, between 1995-97 and 2002-03.

During his tenure as Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Mavroyiannis was one of the Vice-Presidents of the 62nd Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations (2007-2008) and facilitator on the reform of the Security Council. He served as Chairman of the Committee on Relations with the Host Country between 2003-2008 and presided over various UN Conferences and meetings. Andreas was also the Cyprus candidate for the post of President of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (2016-17).

Ambassador Mavroyiannis holds a PhD in Political Sociology (Université de Paris X – Nanterre), a Master (D.E.A.) in International Law, (Université de Droit et de Sciences Economiques – Paris 2), a Master (D.E.A.) in Political Sciences (Université de Droit et de Sciences Economiques – Paris 2), a Diploma in Law (University of Thessaloniki, Greece), and the Diploma of The Hague Academy of International Law.

Ambassador Mavroyiannis is also Adjunct Professor of Public International Law at Frederick University in Cyprus and a member of the European Group of Public Law and of the Board of Trustees of the European Law and Governance School. In 2015, he was awarded the National Order of the Legion of Honour (Légion d’honneur) of the French Republic (rank of Officer). He was made Grand Officer of the Order of Diplomatic merit of the Republic of Romania in 2013. In 2012 he received the Yiannos Kranidiotis trailblazer award.

Born in Cyprus in 1956, Ambassador Mavroyiannis was married to the late Calliopi Efthyvoulou with whom he has a son, Diomides, and a daughter, Athena. He is fluent in Greek, French and English.

Statement by Ms. Polly Ioannou, Voluntary Contribution to UNRWA, 25 June 2019

Ad Hoc Committee of the General Assembly for the Announcement of Voluntary Contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

United Nations, 25 June 2019

Mme President and Commissioner-General

I can be very brief as the comments from colleagues in the room have fully covered the substantive points I wanted to make. I would like to echo, in particular, the overwhelming appreciation expressed here today regarding the vital role that UNRWA [Read more…]