The Head of the Parliamentary Friendship Group with Cyprus Biljana Pantic Pilja and the PFG members met today, at the National Assembly House, with the delegation of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Cyprus, headed by Harris Georgiades, the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign and European Affairs and Head of the Cyprus-Serbia Parliamentary Friendship Group.
At the very beginning of the meeting, the Head of the PFG with Cyprus, Biljana Pantic Pilja, informed the members of the Cypriot delegation that today is a Day of Mourning in Serbia, for the tragic events in Kosovo-Metohija, the deaths of three Serbs in Banjska. She informed the guests on the extremely difficult situation of the Serbian population in Kosovo-Metohija, that every day brings new examples of violence perpetrated by Kurti against Serbs.
The Head of the PFG with Cyprus thanked the Cypriot Ambassador and the country’s leadership for consistently respecting our country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, adding that the Serbia leadership also supports Cyprus on the same issue. She said that respecting international law is not a choice, but an obligation that should be respected by all states, regardless of territorial area.
She went on to say that Serbia's membership in the European Union is a strategic commitment and foreign policy priority, expressing her satisfaction with the unequivocal support of Cyprus for the European integration of the Republic of Serbia.
Biljana Pantic Pilja said that the 57-member PFG with Cyprus speaks volumes of the MPs’ interest in cooperation with Cyprus. She pointed to the traditionally good relations between the two countries, adding that Cyprus is a true friend to Serbia.
The Chairman of the Committee on Foreign and European Affairs and Head of the Cyprus-Serbia Parliamentary Friendship Group Harris Georgiades expressed his satisfaction with the fact that the Serbian PFG with Cyprus comprises such a large number of MPs and added that Cyprus sees Serbia as a brotherly and friendly country.
He repeated that Cyprus will continue to support Serbia’s integrity and its European path. "Serbia belongs in the European Union and the European family," Harris Georgiades underlined.
He emphasized the substantial and high quality relations at all levels that are constantly on the rise. He also expressed his willingness to further strengthen cooperation in a large number of areas, primarily in the areas of security and defence, economy, education, culture and tourism.
The members of the Cypriot parliamentary delegation informed the members of the PFG with Cyprus about their country’s foreign policy situation, as well as the problems they face concerning territorial sovereignty and integrity.
Members of the PFG with Cyprus Dubravka Filipovski, Stasa Stanojevic, Goran Milic, Milan Radin, Aleksandar Mirkovic and Djordje Komlenski also took part in the meeting. They jointly assessed that the relations between the two countries are friendly and sincere and that there is room to improve cooperation in many areas. They thanked Cyprus for the support it provides to Serbia on its European path and for the understanding and consistency regarding Serbia’s territorial integrity.