The Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ioannis Kasoulides, participated to the International conference dedicated to the victims of ethnic and religious persecution in the Middle East
The minister of foreign affairs and international development was presiding jointly with his Jordanian counterpart, over a conference on the victims of ethnic and religious persecution in the Middle East. It was opened by President Hollande.
This ministerial conference brought together some 60 delegations and representatives from the UN, the EU, and international organizations. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, actively participated to the works as rapporteur for the roundtable dedicated to political issues.
Coming in the wake of the Security Council meeting of March 27, this meeting was designed to identify concrete measures to respond to every aspect of the situation of victims of ethnic and religious violence in the Middle East:
Responding to the needs of populations in danger; preparing and facilitating the voluntary and sustainable return of displaced persons
Promoting political solutions that respect human rights and preserve the cultural and religious diversity of the Middle East
Ending the impunity of those who have committed crimes against local populations for reasons of ethnic affiliation or religious conviction, which may in some cases constitute war crimes or crimes against humanity.
As announced in New York, an action plan was adopted at the end of this conference.
To read the Co-chairs conclusions : http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/country-files/north-africa-and-middle-east/events/article/international-conference-on-the-victims-of-ethnic-and-religious-violence-in-the