Ιn Honor/Memoriam of
Every FREDMUN honors a personality that has contributed a lot in different international organizations for the cyprus issue or other international issues.
FREDMUN 2017: Mr Ioannis Kasoulidis
Ioannis Kasoulides was born on the 10th of August 1948, in Nicosia.
He studied medicine at the University of Lyon in France and specialised in geriatrics in London. He participated in the May ‘68 demonstrations and founded and chaired the Federation of Cypriot Students Union in France.
Ioannis Kasoulides served the centre-right wing party Democratic Rally from various posts including the post of the President of the Youth Organization of the Party.
In 1991, he was elected as an MP in the Parliament of Cyprus and in March 1993, he was appointed by President Glafkos Clerides as the Government’s Spokesman, where he served until April 1997, when he was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs until the end of term of Clerides administration in February 2003.
While he was the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ioannis Kasoulides leaded the diplomatic attempt that marked the beginning, the conduct and the completion of the accession negotiations of Cyprus in the European Union.
In June 2004, Ioannis Kasoulides was elected for the first time as a Member of the European Parliament achieving an outstanding voting record in number of votes. He was appointed full Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and under this capacity he served in various positions including the Presidency of the ad hoc Delegation for the Human Rights in Western Sahara. Ioannis Kasoulides was a Member of the Bureau of the European’s People Party (EPP).
Mr Kasoulides ran for President in the February 2008 elections in Cyprus. He won the first round, entering the second against the eventual winner, Mr Demetris Christofias. Mr Kasoulides received just under 47% of the vote, having the support of Democratic Rally, only.
In June 2009, Ioannis Kasoulides was re-elected as a Member of the European Parliament, breaking his previous outstanding record in the number of votes he received. He was elected Vice President of the EPP group of the European Parliament, where he was appointed as the head of the Foreign Affairs Working group.
Ioannis Kasoulides is fluent in English, French and German. He is the author of the book “Cyprus – EU: The accession as I witnessed it”.
He is married with anaesthetist doctor, Mrs Emy Kasoulidou, and they have a daughter, Joanna.
Mr Kasoulides assumed office as Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus on 1st March 2013.
FREDMUN 2016: Dr Andreas Mavroyiannis