Belgrade, 25 February 2009

Cyprus Foreign Minister Markos Kyprianou said on Tuesday in Belgrade that his country "backs Serbia completely".

This, the top Cypriot diplomat explained, pertains both to Kosovo and Serbia’s European integration.

After a meeting with Kyprianou, Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic assessed that the relations between the two countries were excellent and that there was not a single open issue between them.

"The Republic of Cyprus fully supports the territorial integrity of Serbia and the process of its European integration," Kyprianou told a joint press conference with Jeremic.

The Cypriot foreign minister said that Nicosia was ready to back Serbia both at the bilateral level and within the EU and to offer it technical support, experience and expertise.

Jeremic assessed that Serbia and Cyprus had excellent relations and added that Kyprianou had reiterated in the talks that the two countries shared the same position when it came to Kosovo, which, as he remarked, was very important for Serbia since Cyprus was an important EU member state.

"The bilateral relations between Serbia and Cyprus are exceptionally good, we have no open issues and we have the closest possible cooperation," the Serbian foreign minister said.

Jeremic added that he and his Cypriot counterpart had discussed details regarding their joint actions in international organizations, the speeding up of Serbia’s European integration process, bilateral relations and improvement of cooperation, particularly in the field of economy and tourism.

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