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Joint Declaration of the President of the Republic of Cyprus and the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt
2009-04-13 08:36:14

Cairo, Apr 8 - A joint declaration was adopted Wednesday in Cairo by the Presidents of the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Republic of Cyprus during the latter's official visit. The text of the declaration is as follows:

"The President of the Arab Republic of Egypt and the President of the Republic of Cyprus, underlining the entrenched friendship bonds that tie the peoples of the two countries, as well as the deep-rooted bilateral relationship between Egypt and Cyprus in all fields;

Expressing their determination to deepening and upgrading the bilateral cooperation in various fields, notably in the political, economic, social and cultural sectors;

Aiming at maximizing the outcome of the 'Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean' in the prospect of creating a zone of peace, security and development;

Guided by the principles and rules of International Law and the Charter of the United Nations, and reaffirming their commitment to the United Nations and its role for the maintenance of international peace and security;

Declare the following:

The Arab Republic of Egypt and the Republic of Cyprus underline their will to intensify their political consultations at all levels and to expand their economic cooperation in all fields of mutual concern.

The two countries encourage holding regular meetings between the Ministers of Foreign Affairs in Egypt and Cyprus alternately, to exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual interest and to examine ways and means to widen the spectrum of bilateral cooperation.

The two countries will promote the implementation of joint projects and programs in the framework of 'Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean', as well as on a bilateral level.

The Republic of Cyprus will support the Egyptian endeavors to upgrade its relations with the European Union and will contribute to further strengthening the dialogue between the Arab Republic of Egypt and the European Union.

The Arab Republic of Egypt will contribute to further strengthening the dialogue between the Republic of Cyprus and the League of Arab States.

The Arab Republic of Egypt welcomes the decision taken by the President of the Republic of Cyprus and the Leader of the Turkish Cypriots to start the process of negotiations towards achieving a comprehensive, just and viable settlement in Cyprus, based on International Law, the Charter of the United Nations and relevant United Nations Security Council Resolutions.

The Republic of Cyprus underlines the leading role assumed by the Arab Republic of Egypt to ensure peace and security in the Middle East and Africa. The two states agreed to work closely towards the resumption of the Middle East Peace Process, of which the core issue is the creation of a viable, independent and territorially contiguous Palestinian State, on the basis of the Arab Peace Initiative and relevant resolutions of the United Nations.

In this context, the Republic of Cyprus expresses its support for the Egyptian initiative for addressing the recent crisis in Gaza, which has been collectively supported by the European Union. The Republic of Cyprus commends Egypt´s organization of the 'International Conference in Support of the Palestinian Economy for the Reconstruction of Gaza', held in Sharm El-Sheikh on 2nd of March 2009 and supports its efforts in reaching inter-Palestinian reconciliation."

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