TUESDAY, 31 MAR 2020



Facebook Linked In Twitter

Zeta Emilianidou Outlines Measures To Support Employment, Workers And Vulnerable Groups

Cyprus Government: €700 Mn To Counteract Coronavirus Repercussions



brought to you by Deloitte

UNGA Adopts Resolutions On Oceans And Seas, With Turkey Being Only UN Member State Voting Against

UNGA Adopts Resolutions On Oceans And Seas, With Turkey Being Only UN Member State Voting Against

The UN General Assembly adopted on Tuesday two resolutions on the oceans and seas linked to implementation of the landmark 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, with Turkey being the only UN member state that voting against, the CNA reports.

With the resolution “Oceans and the law of the sea” (document A/74/L.22) — adopted by a recorded vote of 135 in favor to 1 against (Turkey), with 3 abstentions (Colombia, El Salvador, Venezuela) — the UNGA called on states that have not done so to become parties to the Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.  It further called on them to harmonize national legislation with the Convention, and for capacity-building initiatives to consider the needs of developing countries.  It also urged all States to combat piracy and armed robbery at sea and ensure freedom and safety of navigation.

The General Assembly also adopted a consensus resolution, titled “Sustainable fisheries, including through the 1995 Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks, and related instruments.”

Cyprus` Permanent Representative to the UN Andreas Mavroyiannis said in a statement that "we regret that a vote was requested once again, in a futile attempt to question the UNCLOS as the Constitution of the Oceans and the indisputable legal framework for all activities in the oceans and seas."

"My delegation would like to stress once more that the Convention represents a carefully crafted balance among the rights and interests of all states in spite of their specific characteristics. No state can continue requesting special treatment or denying rights of other states, such as island states or states comprising islands. Article 121 of UNCLOS has definitely put an end to such claims," he noted.

Furthermore, he said that "no country can pursue outlandish maritime claims guided by might, and not by well-established rules of international law, and no state should enter into dubious bilateral arrangements that contravene the Convention; not as a matter of principle and not as a method of creating faits accomplish that reflect their own distorted perception of international law, based on relative power and not on customary rules of international law, which international jurisprudence has repeatedly deemed the Convention to reflect."

"Such arrangements have no legal effects, nor do they affect the status of the UNCLOS as the sole pertinent universal legal framework on the delimitation of maritime zones codifying international law. Upholding the integrity of the Convention is the collective responsibility of all of us," he noted.

The representative of Greece also expressed regret that a vote was requested again in an attempt to challenge the Convention’s preeminent role and universal character.  "By establishing the legal framework within which all ocean and sea activities must be carried out, the Convention promotes legal stability and helps to maintain global peace and security," he noted.

He went on to say that "international jurisprudence has long accepted that its provisions either embody or reflect customary international law.  The 2019 omnibus resolution has particular significance, marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Convention’s entry into force.  It is imperative that the international law of the sea, the principles of good neighbourly relations and both the sovereignty — and sovereign rights — of all States over maritime zones, including those generated by islands, are respected.  All members of the international community must abide by these principles and should refrain from any actions that undermine regional stability and security," he added.


US State Department Issues Human Rights Report On Cyprus

The State Department has issued its 2019 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices in ...

EU To Give Migrants In Greece €2,000 To Go Home

The EU says it will pay €2,000 (£1,770; $2,225) each to migrants in ...

European Commission Joint Statement On The U.S. Travel Ban

The Coronavirus is a global crisis, not limited to any continent and it requires ...



Gold News Update

Due to the measures being taken by IMH to contain COVID-19, we shall not be updating this website or sending out our daily newsletter until further notice. ...

A New Global Methodology To Define Cities And Rural Areas

Have you ever asked yourself how Sustainable Development Goal indicators on sustainable cities and communities can be compared if countries across the world ...

Supporting Businesses Working Remotely with “Cisco Webex Meetings & Messaging for Enterprise”

Today, due to global circumstances resulting from COVID-19 (Coronavirus disease), the need for remote working has significantly increased. Amidst this new ...

Cyprus Government: €700 Mn To Counteract Coronavirus Repercussions

Cyprus announced a financial support package of € 700m, equivalent to 3% of the GDP which includes a series of measures, covering health, finance and ...

Cyprus Airways Suspends Its Flights’ Schedule Until 30 April

  Further to the additional measures announced yesterday by the Cypriot government to prevent spreading the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country, ...

Zeta Emilianidou Outlines Measures To Support Employment, Workers And Vulnerable Groups

Measures to support employment, workers and vulnerable groups of the population  from the effects of the coronavirus protection measures, which are ...

High Potential Startups And Economic Resilience

Economic growth without innovation is hard to imagine. The ultimate source of productivity increases is innovation. About two-thirds of Europe's economic ...

3CX To Offer Free Communications Solution To Businesses In Wake Of Covid-19

3CX, developer of the award-winning business communications solution, has today announced that they will be offering their software to organizations in Cyprus ...