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Foreign minister urges Cypriots to vote in European elections

Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides

Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides has stressed that at the current crucial point in EU history, the great majority of people in Cyprus should take part in the upcoming European Parliament elections to show their interest and the active role they want Cyprus to have in Europe’s future.

Addressing an event in Limassol on Friday evening, entitled European elections and the future of Europe, Christodoulides underlined the EU’s significance to Cyprus and the responsibility Cypriots have to claim their role within the European family.

“Taking into consideration how crucial times are for the EU, the coming elections are of paramount importance,” he said.

The foreign minister also stressed that Cyprus should be present in the debate for the future of Europe not just physically but by having specific views. “This active participation is what allows us to seek our European partners’ support on matters to do with the Cyprus problem,” he explained.

He recalled that the EU participation in the latest negotiating process for the reunification of Cyprus both on internal aspects and in the international conferences which took place was of a decisive importance in reaching for the first time very important convergences.

Christodoulides also sent a message that “our substantive participation in EU matters constitutes a key pillar of our foreign policy,” adding that the Cabinet is expected to approve next week the establishment of a General Secretariat on European Affairs aiming to coordinate government departments on EU matters and to best promote Cyprus’ interests.

He said citizens have an obligation to vote for candidates who believe in Europe and its future “because the European Parliament is the only democratically elected EU institution” and “certain people who do not believe in Europe should under no circumstances prevail.”

European elections are set to take place in all EU countries from May 23 to 26. Voters will elect 705 members to represent them in the European Parliament until 2024. In Cyprus the European elections will take place on May 26. Cyprus elects six MEPs.

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