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Press Release - Developments in Syria, Water Diplomacy and Education at the centre of the informal meeting of EU Foreign Affairs Ministers in Pafos
06.09.2012, 14:48 (CET)
The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the EU member states will be gathering on 7-8 September for their Informal meeting the so called “Gymnich”, to be held at Aphrodite Hills in Paphos.

The Ministers will be welcomed by the co-hosts, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus Dr Erato Kozakou−Marcoullis on behalf of the Cyprus EU Presidency, and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs & Security Policy Catherine Ashton, who is chairing the Foreign Affairs Council.

The main issue on the agenda is the EU’s response to the latest developments in Syria and particularly in light of the appointment of the new Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States for Syria, Mr. Lakhdar Brahimi.

The Ministers will also have the opportunity to discuss the issues of water and education as horizontal issues and their role in the formulation and conduct of EU’s foreign affairs policy.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marcoullis pointed out: “This is the very essence of  the tradition and the character of the Gymnich meetings:  A chance for the Ministers of Foreign Affairs to meet in an environment that fosters an open and in depth discussion on issues related to the EU’s foreign policy.

“I believe that the natural and quiet retreat by the sea of Paphos, creates the ideal environment, which I hope will be an inspiration to my colleagues in engaging in profound and hard work; particularly with regards the worrisome developments in Syria, which due to the constant deterioration of the situation, evidently will be our main concern this weekend”, Dr. Marcoullis said.

Presidency Spokesperson in Cyprus
Costas Yennaris



Email: cyennaris@cy2012eu.gov.cy
Mobile: +357 99400234
Communications Officer
Charis Christodoulidou

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Email: cchristodoulidou@mfa.gov.cy
Telephone: +357 22401165

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