The foreign ministry said efforts were being made to improve the situation after the island’s embassy in Brussels seemingly shut down on the quiet. Although the embassy’s website carried a notification that it would no longer operate as of December 31, no other announcements seem to have been made. “An official announcement has been sent to the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs of Belgium as well as to all Diplomatic Missions and International Organisations in Belgium,” the embassy said. But Cypriot who live there feel let down. “Cypriots in Belgium and Luxembourg are essentially left without consular support,” Brussels based Irene Kyriacou who said she has tried to contact the embassy for a month. They are currently served by the embassy in The Hague, the embassy’s website announcement said, though to Kyriacou and others living in Belgium this is not acceptable. According to a source at the foreign ministry in Nicosia, the embassy, which was housed with the Cyprus permanent representation office in Brussels, was only of limited use anyway. Plans to improve the situation will see a more junior consular, a chargé d’affaires, appointed in the next few months to replace the ambassador in Brussels. “This is standard practice for saving money. Unlike an ambassador this person will not need a driver and a house. The ambassador in The Hague will be the non-resident ambassador for Belgium,” the source explained.
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