Τhe Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the United Nations Ambassador Nicholas Emiliou and the Permanent Representative of Tuvalu to the United Nations Ambassador Afelee Falima Pita signed on 2 July 2013 a document establishing diplomatic relations between the Republic of Cyprus and Tuvalu. On this occasion the two Ambassadors expressed their satisfaction that two small island states, and Commonwealth members, strengthen their bilateral relations and friendly ties with the establishment of diplomatic relations. They also expressed the wish to expand their collaboration at all international fora on the basis of the principles of international law and the UN Charter.
Ambassador Emiliou also expressed the readiness of Cyprus, as European Union member state, to provide assistance to Tuvalu, particularly as regards the deferment of Tuvalu’s graduation from the list of least developed countries, due to its difficult economic situation and its vulnerability to factors such as climate change.
Moreover, the Permanent Representative conveyed the Cyprus government’s interest in and support for the problems that small island developing states face, particularly with regard to the environment, noting that Cyprus, as a small island, faces similar problems while he underlined the importance of the Conference on Small Island Developing States that will be held in Samoa in 2014.
Tuvalu’s Permanent United Nations Representative thanked the Republic of Cyprus for supporting his country and small island developing states in general, and noted that he looks forward to a closer cooperation within the framework of the United Nations.