Cyprus - Slovakia: 30 years of diplomatic relations

5 Introductory note The year 2023 marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Cyprus and Slovakia. Over these thirty years, Cyprus and Slovakia have developed an excellent level of bilateral relations and have collaborated extensively within the context of the European Union and other international fora. The opening of the Embassy of Slovakia in Nicosia in 1993, and the respective opening of the Embassy of Cyprus in Bratislava in 2010, have further contributed to the development of the bonds of friendship and cooperation. The principled stance of Slovakia, diachronically on the Cyprus issue, for a peaceful and just settlement according to the relevant UN Resolutions, as well as Slovakia’s contribution in facilitating the bi-communal dialogue between Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot political parties for almost 35 years, along with its support to the Republic of Cyprus have always been highly appreciated. Slovakia’s major contribution to the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) spanning over two decades, has been of paramount importance for the successful carrying out of the Force’s mission, as mandated by the UN Security Council resolutions as well as maintaining stability on the island. To mark and pay tribute to the 30 years of diplomatic relations between Cyprus and Slovakia, a joint Exhibition and a Photo collection covering various areas of the longstanding relationship and friendship in the areas of politics, culture, diplomacy, as well as the engagement of Slovakia within the UNFICYP is being organized. Building on the already strong bilateral ties, Cyprus and Slovakia look into the future with the aim to further develop and deepen the traditional excellent relationship based on common values, principles, and aspirations.