Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European affairs, received members of the Cyprus-France Friendship Group of the Cyprus House of Representatives. This delegation was led by Giorgos Lillikas, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign and European Affairs and former Minister of Foreign Affairs. The discussions focused on key current European and bilateral issues, notably in the defense, education and economic spheres. Harlem Désir reaffirmed France’s support for the process aimed at reunifying (...)» Read more ...
The ties between France and Cyprus have grown considerably stronger in recent years thanks to several factors: Cyprus’ accession to the EU on 1 May 2004, a decision at the highest level to establish a stronger dialogue between the two countries in November 2005, Cyprus’ membership in the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) as an associate member during the Bucarest summit in September 2006.
Two recent high-level visits demonstrated this closeness:
The French Prime Minister’s visit to Cyprus on 9 May 2008 in the context of preparing the French presidency of the Council of the European Union.
The visit of President Christophias to France on 2 September 2009, at the French President’s invitation, which made it possible to confirm our desire to deepen our cooperation in many areas: economic (construction of two Cypriot air terminals by French companies), educational (project to create a French-Cypriot secondary school) and political (creation of a “joint group” tasked with monitoring changes in bilateral relations).
Moreover, on the Cyprus issue, France praised and totally supports the determination of the President of Cyprus in his search, along with the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community, for a fair and lasting solution for the reunification of the island, in the form of a federation, in accordance with the principles decreed by different United Nations Security Council resolutions and the principles of European law.
Updated on 29.03.10