Visit of the Chairman of the European Union Military Committee to Cyprus
The Chairman of the European Union Military Committee (EUMC), General Claudio GRAZIANO, paid an official visit to Cyprus on 10th and 11th of January 2019.
General GRAZIANO, the former Chief of the Italian Defence General Staff, was selected by the Chiefs of Defence (CHOD’s) of the 28 EU Member States, as the Chairman of the European Union Military Committee. He is the military adviser to the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on all military matters. His visit in Nicosia, is the first official visit in an EU Member State’s capital, since taking over his duties as CEUMC on the 6th of November 2018, from General Mikhail Kostarako.
General GRAZIANO, welcomed by the CHOD of the Republic of Cyprus Lieutenant General Ilias Leontaris, at the National Guard General Staff Headquarters, where they had the opportunity to discuss and exchange views of regional, European and wider interests.
Special emphasis was also given on the Common Security and Defence Policy and the challenges that Cyprus is facing, as the South-eastern frontier of EU.
General GRAZIANO, met also with Minister of Defence Mr Savvas Angelidis and with HE the President of the Republic of Cyprus Mr Nicos Anastasiades. General GRAZIANO concluded his visit by laying a wreath at the monument of Makedonitissa’s Military Cemetery and with a brief at the Observatory in Lidras street.