Ka­soulides: Cri­sis in Ukraine must be re­solved diplo­mat­i­cally

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For­eign Min­is­ter Ioan­nis Ka­soulides has stressed that the cri­sis in the Ukraine must be solved in a diplo­matic way.

In his in­ter­ven­tion at the EU For­eign Af­fairs Coun­cil which dis­cussed on Tues­day the down­ing of the Malaysian Air­lines Flight MH17 in Donetsk, Ukraine, Ka­soulides ex­pressed the con­do­lences of the govern­ment and the people of Cyprus and their sol­i­dar­ity to­wards the coun­tries which mourn vic­tims, say­ing that this is a tragic de­vel­op­ment which should never had hap­pened and must not be re­peated.

It is for this rea­son that we con­sider it im­per­a­tive to give an im­me­di­ate end to the con­flict in the coun­try, he stressed.

Ka­soulides said that the only way achieve this is through diplo­matic ef­forts.

He pointed out that any ac­tions on be­half of the EU and the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity must move within this logic in or­der to find a po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion to re­store sta­bil­ity to the re­gion as soon as pos­si­ble.

As re­gards the i mpo­si­tion of fur­ther sanc­tions, Ka­soulides said that this should not be an end in it­self, but be rather used as a lever of in­flu­ence for a po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion.

Min­is­ters also dis­cussed about the de­vel­op­ments in Iraq and the sit­u­a­tion in Gaza.

Ka­soulides in his in­ter­ven­tion on Gaza, he once again re­ferred to Cyprus’ pro­posal, first sub­mit­ted in 2011, ac­cord­ing to which Cyprus could be used as the cen­tral point of

to all goods with des­ti­na­tion to the Gaza port af­ter thor­ough ex­am­i­na­tion.

Af­ter the con­clu­sion of the Coun­cil`s de­lib­er­a­tions, Ka­soulides par­tic­i­pated in a meet­ing of the EU For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ters with their coun­ter­parts from coun­tries of the East­ern Part­ner­ship.

On Wed­nes­day, the Min­is­ter will par­tic­i­pate in the Gen­eral Af­fairs EU Coun­cil dur­ing which the pri­or­i­ties of the ro­tat­ing Ital­ian EU Pres­i­dency will be pre­sented. Min­is­ters will also dis­cuss about the strat­egy Europe 2020 and the forth­com­ing ac­ces­sion of Lithua­nia to the eu­ro­zone.

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