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President Pahor and President Anastasiades condemn Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine and call for an end to the war and a peaceful settlement of the conflict

Cyprus, 8. 3. 2022 | press release

At the invitation of the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, is paying an official visit to the Republic of Cyprus. The purpose of the visit is to exchange views on issues that seriously threaten the European security architecture. The visit comes at a time when the two countries are celebrating the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations and wish to further deepen their traditionally friendly relations.

President Pahor and President Anastasiades condemn Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine and call for an end to the war and a peaceful settlement of the conflict
Photo: Office of the President of the Republic of Cyprus

Following an official reception with military honours, President Pahor laid a wreath at the monument to Archbishop Makarios III, the first President of the Republic of Cyprus after Cyprus gained independence. President Pahor and President Anastasiades then held a lengthy friendly one-on-one discussion, followed by plenary talks between the delegations of the Republic of Slovenia and the Republic of Cyprus, chaired by the two presidents.

At a press conference, President Pahor said that, in their talks with President Anastasiades, they had strongly condemned Russia’s military aggression against the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. President Pahor reiterated his position that it was a gross violation of international law and that there was a great value in the united response from the international community, which sends a clear message to Russian President Putin. The two presidents called for an immediate end to the war and for peace activities to bring lasting peace to Ukraine.

President Pahor briefed President Anastasiades on the increasingly concerning security situation in the Western Balkans and the related issue of stability and security for the whole region. President Pahor believes that the key to resolving this issue is the early integration of the Western Balkan countries into the European Union.

On behalf of the Republic of Slovenia, President Pahor expressed his support to the Republic of Cyprus with regard to developments in the Eastern Mediterranean and stressed that Turkey’s unilateral actions were unacceptable.

President Pahor also told the media that he and the Cypriot President had also discussed energy security in the context of the war in Ukraine and the related negative impact on the climate crisis. In this context, the Slovenian President welcomed the Cyprus Climate Change Initiative for the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East.

President Pahor thanked President Anastasiades for Cyprus’ support for Slovenia’s candidacy for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2024–2025 period.

President Pahor and President Anastasiades condemn Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine and call for an end to the war and a peaceful settlement of the conflict
Photo: Office of the President of the Republic of Cyprus

Slovenia and Cyprus share the fundamental European values and the same vision concerning the future of Europe and have a common understanding of the importance of security and stability, both regionally and globally.

The Slovenian President also visited the House of Representatives of the Republic of Cyprus and met with Speaker Annita Demetriou. He and Speaker Demetriou agreed that it is our shared responsibility to preserve a Europe of dialogue and cooperation for the next generation.

President Pahor and President Anastasiades condemn Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine and call for an end to the war and a peaceful settlement of the conflict
Photo: Office of the President of the Republic of Cyprus

President Pahor is to continue his visit today at the Cyprus University of Technology, where he will hold a discussion with students as part of the "Let’s talk about Europe" series of events. The first day of the official visit will close with a gala dinner in honour of President Pahor hosted by President Anastasiades.

Tomorrow, President Pahor will visit the village of Lefkara, which has been on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List since 2009 and is working to develop sustainable tourism. Lefkara is also the cradle of traditional Cypriot embroidered lace, and Lefkara laces have also been inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The visit of the Slovenian President is a continuation of the regular dialogue between the two countries and strengthens bilateral political, economic, academic and other relations and is an opportunity to identify and strengthen other people-to-people contacts, particularly in the fields of culture, science and education. On his official visit, President Pahor is accompanied by the State Secretary at the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr Stanislav Raščan, and the State Secretary at the Slovenian Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, Simon Zajc.