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04 July, 2022
 
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Kasoulides: 'Corruption a threat to democratic states and multilateralism'

The Foreign Minister spoke at the International conference on combatting corruption held in Nicosia

Source: CNA

Corruption poses a substantial threat to the foundations of a transparent, accountable and multilateral system and to the very foundations of our democratic states, Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides pointed out, in his speech during the international conference “Combating Corruption, Defending Democracy: The Role of National Parliaments”, organized by Cyprus parliament with the support of the OSCE PA International Secretariat.

As he said, corruption undermines the rule of law, weakens the legitimacy of institutions and erodes the confidence of the citizens. “The contemporary crisis regarding the lack of trust of our citizens in their own institutions is deeply connected to the spread of corruption”, he added.

“Our own country has regrettably not been spared by this scourge. However, out of these difficulties and setbacks, we have learned and we have improved." -Kasoulides

Therefore, Kasoulides stressed that anti-corruption efforts should form an integral part of a comprehensive approach to these “burning issues of our times”, which have the potential to undermine the effectiveness of multilateral cooperation.

“It is our shared responsibility to combat corruption and encourage governments and parliaments to collaborate and create synergies in this effort”, he added.

The Minister also pointed out that “the seismic events unfolding before us will have long-lasting effects on the broader region and beyond and are certainly testing the resiliency of multilateralism”, adding that Cyprus has been a long-standing advocate of the intrinsic value of multilateralism.

“The paramount importance of multilateral co-operation has always been recognized by the OSCE and we must redouble our efforts in ensuring that our commitment to it never wavers”, he said.

At the same time, he stressed the significance of Parliaments, as a partner in the common objective to eradicate corruption and strengthen the institutions and regulations necessary for its achievement.

“Our own country has regrettably not been spared by this scourge. However, out of these difficulties and setbacks, we have learned and we have improved. As is always the case and for all countries, this is an ongoing process which requires constant vigilance and complete dedication”, he pointed out.

He added that the conference was a perfect opportunity to share and exchange views which will facilitate these efforts.

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