Cyprus Mail

Multilateral cooperation driving change says minister

The trilateral partnerships that Cyprus has established with Greece and neighbouring countries are a prime example of effective cooperation, Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides said Friday, adding avalue to the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) of the EU.

Speaking at the Limassol Economic Forum, Christodoulides said Cyprus was deeply committed to multilateralism and it is proving this in practise leading by example in its own neighbourhood.

“Redrawing of the map of the energy in Eastern Mediterranean coupled with our conviction that the region’s natural resources can be a catalyst for cooperation and synergies, triggered development of multilateral cooperation in the region that has gradually become a driver of change,” he said.

He added that the trilateral cooperation partnership that Cyprus established with Greece and neighbouring countries such as Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, and Palestine are a prime example of effective cooperation.

At a time when multilateralism was under attack, regional initiatives that promote the concept of “minilateralism” have added value both at the national and European level, the minister said.

“These formations do not exclude anyone and have a positive agenda.”

Cyprus’ long-term vision, he said, was that all countries in the region, which share the long-term objective and respect ruled-based international order, would join the efforts to create a more prosperous, stable and peaceful eastern Mediterranean.

“The trilateral formations are an example of what can be achieved when states that share concerns and challenges, but also with common interest and vision, join forces rather than isolate themselves, he said.

Of the EU role, he said that it should be a vehicle of effective multilateralism and a global player.

“To achieve this role it is vital that it (EU) pushes forward a goal of a more united federal Europe, one that promotes peace, stability, prosperity and ruled-based international order with an effective toolbox for implementation at its disposal,” he said.


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