Foreign Minister Markos Kyprianou formally resigns
Minister of Foreign Affairs Markos Kyprianou tendered his resignation this afternoon to the President of the Republic Demetris Christofias.
In statements to the press after meeting with the President, Mr. Kyprianou stated that his decision to resign is final and thanked the President “for his trust as well as for the renewal of his trust by asking me to reconsider my resignation."
Mr. Kyprianou’s resignation came a week after the deadly blast in the Naval Base “Evaggelos Florakis”, near Limassol, in which 13 people lost their lives. Shortly after the blast, on July 11th, Minister of Defence Costas Papacostas and National Guard Chief of Staff Petros Tsalikides stepped down.
“My decision is final because as I explained to the President it is a decision dictated by my conscience, my morals, and the political perception of principles and values we have learned in DIKO”, he went on to say, referring to his party, the Democratic Party (DIKO) which is part of the coalition government.