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Joint Statement By The Ministers Of Foreign Affairs Of Greece, Egypt And Cyprus

Joint Statement by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Greece, Egypt and Cyprus

Joint Statement by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic, the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Republic of Cyprus – February 11, 2021 We, the Foreign Ministers of Cyprus, Egypt and Greece, following our previous consultations and regular coordination, met in Athens on 11 February 2012 to continue the dialogue and cooperation, in order to further strengthen our political and economic commitments.
to discuss regional challenges and send a clear and positive message that our region has the potential to become an area of ​​peace, stability and prosperity.We concluded that the outcome of this cooperation scheme serves the common interest of our countries in promoting prosperity in the region, as it laid the foundations for a positive agenda and expressed our commitment to intensify our coordination in order to explore common opportunities for cooperation.We welcome the progress made in preparing for the creation of the Nicosia-based Tripartite Mechanisms Secretariat, which will be operational in early spring 2021.We also welcome the entry into force of the Statute of the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum (EMGF) on 1 March 2021, which establishes the EMGF as a Cairo-based regional organization, open to all countries that share the same values ​​and objectives. , as well as the willingness to work together for the security of the whole region and the well-being of their peoples.We agreed that although Covid-19 is an unprecedented challenge that limits our efforts, results-oriented exchanges, initiatives and joint actions in the fields of energy, innovation, the digital economy, civil protection and people-to-people contacts should be further strengthened.  We reiterated our strong commitment to international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the United Nations Charter and the principles enshrined therein as the foundation of peace, security, good neighborly relations and peaceful settlement. differences for all countries in the region.Regarding the Cyprus issue, we expressed our support for the Secretary-General’s efforts aimed at resuming the results-oriented negotiation process under his auspices, which will lead to a comprehensive solution on the basis of a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation, according to international law and related United Nations Security Council resolutions, as well as in line with the European acquis.We also stressed the importance of respecting the sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction that each state has in its maritime zones in accordance with international law, denouncing all activities that violate international law.We called for full and consistent respect for the sovereignty and sovereignty of states within their maritime zones in the Eastern Mediterranean, in accordance with international law, including the UNCLOS Convention.Regarding the Middle East Peace Process, we stressed that resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on the basis of a two-state solution is a prerequisite for overall peace and stability in the region, as well as the importance of ensuring an independent, viable Palestinian state. according to the border of 4 June 1967, which will coexist peacefully and safely with Israel. We emphasize the importance of maintaining the composition, character and status of the Palestinian territories occupied in 1967, including East Jerusalem, and reiterate our call for the implementation of United Nations Security Council resolutions for the immediate and complete cessation of all those in East Jerusalem.We welcomed the agreement of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) on the formation of a unified transitional government in Libya, recognizing that this is an important milestone in the political process and an important step towards ensuring credible and inclusive elections on 24 and 20 December that the transitional government and the agreement will consequently cease to be valid.In the same vein, we stressed the need for the effective implementation of the Ceasefire Agreement, for the observance of the UN arms embargo, as well as for the complete withdrawal of all foreign forces and mercenaries from the country. We emphasize the importance of the full implementation of the results of the Joint Military Committee 5 + 5 and in particular the withdrawal of all fighters and mercenaries from Libyan territory. Strongly supporting the achievement of a political solution to Libyan ownership, led by Libya, we consider any foreign intervention unacceptable and all agreements reached in violation of international law as invalid and legally non-existent, and call in particular on the new Libyan government to between Turkey and Faysal al-Sarraj in November 2019 as such.We reaffirmed our commitment to the unity, independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria, expressing our firm support for a lasting political solution to the Syrian crisis in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 2254 and the urgent need for all foreign forces and mercenaries to leave the country.We considered the possibilities for further cooperation in all areas, stating that priority should be given to regional cooperation and overall developments, which is greatly facilitated by the current form of cooperation. Source: Government of Greece

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