November 23, 2017

Statement by the Permanent Representative of Cyprus Ambassador Sotos Zackheos to the Third Committee on “Human Rights Questions Including Alternative Approaches for Improving the Effective Enjoyment of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

Mr. Chairman,

I would like to begin by expressing appreciation to the Secretary-General for the numerous report that we have before us, which cover a wide area of human rights issues. [Read more…]

Statement by the Representative of Cyprus to the 6th Committee Ambassador Andreas Jacovides on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court

Mr. Chairman,

Cyprus has been associated with the position of the European Union, put forward yesterday, by the distinguished representative of Belgium. My brief statement will include some observations from the present vantage point on issues which are of particular interest to us. [Read more…]

Address by the President of the Republic, Mr. Glafcos Clerides at the 56th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

Mr. President,

I would like to extend my warmest congratulations on your well-deserved election as President of the 56th session of the General Assembly. I also extend my appreciation to your distinguished predecessor, H.E. Mr. Hari Holkeri, for his effective leadership during his Presidency. [Read more…]

Statement by the Representative of Cyprus to the 6th Committee Ambassador Andreas Jacovides on the U.N. Programme of Assistance in the Training, Study, Dissemination and Wider Appreciation of International Law

Mr. Chairman,

The purpose of my brief statement is to place on record our recognition of the value of the United Nations Programme of Assistance in the Teaching, Study, Dissemination and Wider Appreciation of International Law, to express our deep appreciation for the efforts of the UN Secretariat (and in particular Mrs. Manouche Arsanjani), of UNITAR and UNESCO and to reaffirm our support for the Programme. [Read more…]

Statement by the Representative of Cyprus Ambassador Constantine Moushoutas on the Report of the Committee on Relations with the Host Country

Mr. Chairman,

I have the honour to introduce, on behalf of the traditional by now sponsors Bulgaria, Canada, Costa Rica, Côte d’ Ivoire, and my own country, draft resolution A/C.6/55/L.15 on the item “Report of the Committee on Relations with the Host Country”.  [Read more…]

Statement by the Representative of Cyprus Ambassador Constantine Moushoutas on the ‘U.N Year of Dialogue Among Civilizations’

Mr. Chairman,

The Charter of the UN considers dialogue as a means for harmonizing international relations and solving differences among States. The Charter places dialogue in the highest peak of human endeavours, for the promotion of peace and the solution of international problems. [Read more…]

Statement by the Representative of Cyprus to the 6th Committee Ambassador Andreas Jacovides on the Report of the International Law Commission

Mr. Chairman,

Further to the general reference we made in our statement on the ILC report last week, I would like to make a very brief statement on Article 19 of the draft convention on “Prevention of Transboundary Harm from Hazardous Activities”. [Read more…]

Statement by the Deputy Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the 4th Committee Dr. George Kasoulides on the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East

Mr. Chairman,

At the outset I would like to express my deep appreciation to the Commissioner General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, Mr. Peter Hansen, for his thorough and comprehensive Report on the Agency’s activities during the past year and for his excellent introductory statement. [Read more…]

Statement by the Representative of Cyprus to the 6th Committee Ambassador A.J. Jacovides – Report of the International Law Commission

Mr. Chairman,

The consideration of the International Law Commission Report has traditionally been the highlight of the annual agenda of the Sixth Committee and again I feel privileged to participate in the debate. [Read more…]

Statement by the Representative of Cyprus to the 3rd Committee Mr. Demetris Hadjiargyrou on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of the Children

Mr. Chairman,

At the outset I would like to express the disappointment of my delegation at the postponement of the 27th special session of the General Assembly on children due to the reprehensible acts of terrorism inflicted upon the United States and New York in particular. [Read more…]