Cyprus, India inks 3 agreement: S. Jaishankar’s Nicosia Visit
At a joint news conference held in Nicosia, Cyprus, Foreign Minister of Cyprus Ioannis Kasoulides and External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar signed three important agreements. The two ministers had fruitful conversations during Jaishankar’s first official visit to Cyprus about bilateral relations, multilateral cooperation, geopolitical and regional problems, the Indo-Pacific issue, the Middle East, Europe, and India’s relationship with the European Union.
Cyprus, India inks 3 agreement: Key Points
- S. Jaishankar also stated at the meeting how crucial the partnership between India and Cyprus is.
- It is based on our shared principles of democracy, diversity, pluralism, and respect for the law, he claimed.
- Both are driven by similar beliefs and guiding principles as India and Cyprus develop their own relationships and collaborate with other parties.
- The UN Security Council has expressed concern over unauthorized activities in the buffer zone separating the Greek and Turkish communities in the northern and southern regions of the Mediterranean island since 1974.
- Cyprus’s foreign minister, Ioannis Kasoulides, thanked India for supporting the mandate of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), which is tasked with maintaining peace in the country.
Cyprus, India inks 3 agreement: The Cyprus Issue
Cyprus is an island country in the eastern Mediterranean Sea that has been divided into the Republic of Cyprus (ROC), which has a majority of Greeks, and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus since the Turkish invasion there in 1974. (TRNC).
The TRNC is only recognised by Turkey, while the ROC, which claims two-thirds of the island, is recognised globally. Ethnic conflicts between the island’s Greek and Turkish residents have also long plagued it. Reunification negotiations and even two-state agreements have not advanced much in the 48 years after the island gained independence from the British.