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Cyprus–Serbia relations

Serbia-Cyprus relations
Map indicating locations of Serbia and Cyprus



Cyprus–Serbia relations are considered as strong, the two often being described as "brothers" due to a common history and culture and Orthodoxy as a common religion. Cyprus has been a supporter of Serbia in its efforts to join the European Union. Likewise, Serbia has been advocating a stable Cyprus after the Turkish invasion in 1974 and supporting a lasting solution to the Cyprus dispute.

Today, Serbia and Cyprus cooperate on foreign policy, finance, military matters and culture.[1]

Modern relations

Kosovo Independence

Cyprus is one of the many European Union countries that does not recognise Kosovo's independence. During its EU presidency, Cyprus has not changed its policy towards Kosovo and continues to support Serbia on its European integration course. The Cypriot Minister of Commerce assessed that Serbia should be given more time to fulfil the European Council and Commission's conditions set for commencement of the accession negotiations. If those conditions are fulfilled, Cyprus will continue to support Serbia.[2]

Accession of Serbia to the European Union

Cyprus supported the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Belgrade to start EU accession talks by December 2012. The Foreign Minister of Cyprus Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis underlined the Cyprus Presidency's priority on enlargement in a state visit in Belgrade in July 2012, including the Western Balkans region and Serbia.[3]


The Cypriot Orthodox Church has had excellent relations with the Church of Serbia, including acquiring and giving humanitarian aid to Serbia during the wars. However, these relations have extended also to the Serbian state. Regarding the latter, the Church of Cyprus has supported "Serbian positions even on the matter of the secession of Montenegro from the Federation",[4] as well as supporting Serbia on Kosovo. Likewise, the Serbian Orthodox Church has supported Cypriot national positions on Cyprus.[5] Like the other orthodox churches, the Church of Cyprus does not recognize the self-declared autocephaly of the Macedonian Orthodox Church and considers it part of the Serbian orthodox church.

Economic cooperation

Annually, the Cyprus-Serbian Business Association forums take place in [6]

See also


  2. ^ "Cyprus hopes for Serbia accession talks to begin".  
  3. ^ "The Cyprus Presidency supports enlargement in the Western Balkans". August 2012. Retrieved August 2012. 
  4. ^ Serbian Orthodox Churches in Cyprus, September 2005
  5. ^ In Cyprus, Even Pizza is Pro-Serb, 31 May 1999
  6. ^ Economic forums in Cyprus, June 2012

External links

  • Cyprus Serbia Business Association
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