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Press Release - The Informal Meeting of Defence Policy Directors prepares the setting
05.07.2012, 12:46 (CET)
Defence Policy Directors from across the EU visited Cyprus to discuss several defence issues ahead of the forthcoming visit of ΕU Defence Ministers in Cyprus in September. The two-day informal meeting, which was hosted by the Cyprus Defence Minister, Mr. Demetris Eliades, was held on July 4 and 5, 2012, at the “Filoxenia” Conference Centre in Lefkosia (Nicosia).

During the meeting, the directors discussed the overall state of play of the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) in relation to the framework concerning the ongoing preparations for the Ministers’ Informal Meeting.

Key issues which were addressed during the meeting were those of security in the EU’s southern neighbourhood, with particular emphasis on Libya, Nigeria and Mali. Furthermore, the EU Defence Policy Directors focused on the long-term prospects for pooling and sharing, the military capabilities of the EU as well as the EU operations, to support the missions of the CSDP, with emphasis on those in the Horn of Africa.

“We believe that with strong political will and hard work we can overcome the current difficulties, and open up optimistic outlooks for the future of Europe and its people. In this direction the Cyprus Presidency will deposit its small contribution”, said the Defence Minister during his speech today.

Mr. Eliades noted however, that in order to achieve the goals set out by the Cyprus Presidency, the understanding and cooperation of the EU partners was imperative.

Communications Officer
Elena Fysentzou

Ministry of Defence

Email: efysentzou@pio.moi.gov.cy
Telephone: +357 22807592
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