May 28, 2022

Statement by the PR of Cyprus Amb. Hadjichrysanthou at the UN SC Open Debate – Women and Peace and Security

UN Security Council Open Debate on Ending Cycles of Sexual Violence in Conflict, under the item “Women and peace and security”

United Nations, 13 April 2022

Thank you, Madam President, for organizing this important debate. My statement will be complementing that of the European Union, to which we fully subscribe.

Sexual violence as a weapon of war cannot be considered as an inevitable consequence of armed conflicts, despite the fact that the history of this disturbing phenomenon is as long as that of war itself. And despite the increased attention to the Women, Peace and Security agenda, we observe that significant gaps remain in effectively addressing this phenomenon. [Read more…]

Statement by Amb. Hadjichrysanthou, 66th Session of the Committee on the Status of Women

amb-csw-2022Priority Theme: Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programmes

United Nations, 17 March 2022

Madam Chair,

Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates,

My delegation fully subscribes to the statement delivered by the European Union. I would like to make some additional remarks in my national capacity. [Read more…]

Statement by Mr. Harris Chrysostomou – International Law Commission – Sixth Committee

Item 82 (Cluster II) – Report of the International Law Commission

UN General Assembly, 1 Nov. 2021

Madame Chairperson,

As this is the first time that Cyprus takes the floor under your Chairmanship, I would like to join the previous speakers in congratulating you and the esteemed members of the Bureau on your [Read more…]

Statement by DPR Ms. Polly Ioannou to the UN Security Council Open Debate, 21 October 2021

 UN Security Council Annual Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security: Investing in Women in Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding

New York, 21 October 2021

Thank you, Madam President, for organizing this debate. As requested, my statement will be as concrete as possible, complementing that of the European Union, to which we fully subscribe. [Read more…]

Speech by the President Anastasiades at the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly


United Nations Headquarters, 24 September 2021  

At the outset, I would like to congratulate the elected President of the seventy – sixth session of the General Assembly, His Excellency Mr. Abdulla Shahid, and the Secretary – General, Mr. Antonio Guterres, on his recent re-election to a second five-year mandate, and assure of my Government’s unwavering support to his mission. [Read more…]

Statement by Amb. Hadjichrysanthou on the Presidential statement of the SC on Varosha

United Nations, 23 July 2021


Cyprus welcomes the statement just made by the President of the Security Council on Varosha.

We thank the Council for responding swiftly and robustly to the disconcerting [Read more…]

Statement by Amb. Hadjichrysanthou on the Report of the Security Council for 2020

andreas-hUnited Nations General Assembly, New York, 11 June 2021

Mr. President,

At the outset, I wish to thank the President of the Security Council for the month of June, Ambassador Jürgenson for presenting the Report of the Council, as well as its more timely submission that allows us to discuss it 2 months earlier than we did last year. We would like to see this trend continue so that our future discussion of this report can take place the soonest possible following the reporting period it covers. [Read more…]

UNSC Open debate on “Sexual Violence in Conflict”

Written statement submitted by Cyprus to the United Nations Security Council open debate on “Sexual Violence in Conflict” – New York, 14 April 2021

This statement complements that of the European Union and offers some concrete suggestions towards combating sexual violence in conflict.

The prohibition of rape and other forms of sexual violence by customary international law, in both international and non-international armed conflicts, as well as the wide recognition of such acts as war crimes since the first codification of the laws of war in early military manuals, and as crimes against humanity in current international legal practice, provides a strong [Read more…]

Statement by Amb. Mavroyiannis, “Report of the ILC”, Sixth Committee, 5 November 2020

amb-ilc item 80 “Report of the International Law Commission on the work of its seventy-second session”, Sixth Committee

UN Headquarters, 5 November 2020

Mr. Chairman,

This year’s discussion is being conducted in the light of the postponement of the seventy-second session of the ILC to 2021 owing to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic conditions. While circumstances have made the completion of the work of the ILC, as well as the preparation of its Report impossible, we believe that it is [Read more…]

Statement by Amb. Mavroyiannis, Report of the ICJ

Item 74 “Report of the International Court of Justice”amb-icj

United Nations, 3 November 2020

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 (A/75/4) and to welcome the intense level of the Court’s activity during the reporting period, including the handing down of three judgements and seven procedural orders, the [Read more…]