3 October 2022 The Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in meeting with the Cypriot Ambassador to Serbia

3 October 2022 The Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in meeting with the Cypriot Ambassador to Serbia

Monday, 3 October 2022

Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Meets with Cypriot Ambassador to Serbia

The Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Borko Stefanovic met today at the National Assembly House with the Ambassador of Cyprus in Belgrade Demetrios Theophylactou to discuss the current political situation and relations between the two countries.


Borko Stefanovic stressed that Serbia and Cyprus are traditionally friendly countries that enjoy good diplomatic, cultural and tourist relations.

He thanked Cyprus for its principled position of non-recognition of the so-called of state of Kosovo. He pointed out that at this time of great challenges and pressures, it is important to continue the negotiations between Belgrade and Pristina on all open issues, except for the recognition of independence, adding that a frozen conflict is a less than ideal solution.

Stefanovic opined that it would be extremely important for the National Assembly to be involved in the negotiation process, pointing out that the UNITED – SSP, PSG, SLOGA TRADE UNION, PZP Parliamentary Group had proposed establishing a Commission made up of representatives of the parliamentary groups, as well as representatives of SANU and SPC, which would determine the platform for further negotiations between Belgrade and Pristina.

Cypriot Ambassador Demetrios Theophylactou agreed that it is important to continue the negotiations and work toward normalising relations between Belgrade and Pristina, adding that Cyprus stands by its position of non-recognition of so-called Kosovo.

The meeting also touched on the current political situation in Europe. Borko Stefanovic said that now is the right moment for Serbia, as an EU candidate country, to harmonise its foreign policy with the EU's. He said he would soon propose the harmonisation of Serbia's foreign policy with the EU’s to the Foreign Affairs Committee and at a plenary session. Ambassador Theophylactou opined that it is important for Serbia to be consistent in its policy, in which it would pursue its vital national interests.



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