Mobility in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs continues, with Nikos Kotzias having a series of contacts abroad, as well as in the country. Immediately after the Greek Foreign Ministry’s official visit to Norway on September 10, Nikos Kotzias had a meeting on Tuesday, September 11, with UN Secretary General Special Envoy, Jane Holl Lute.
According to statements made by Nikos Kotzias at the end of his meeting with the special envoy of the UN Secretary General, he outlined the views of the Greek side on the Cyprus problem.
“I stressed that the Cyprus problem is above all a matter of occupation. I set out our views on the rights of Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots, as well as of the three small minorities. I told her that the main issue for Greek Cypriots is to feel safe on their island and therefore the need to abolish the two minor treaties, the so-called “Treaty of Alliances” and the so-called “Guarantee Treaty”, was noted by Nikos Kotzias.
There was also a discussion as to how Greece sees the timetable and the way to approach the Cyprus problem, while the Greek Foreign Minister stressed the need that whenever the UN Secretary-General decides on a substantive discussion and negotiation on the Cyprus issue, this should have been preceded by a substantial and efficient preparation. “We need to make clear whether there really is the will, the ability and the capacity for substantial and productive solutions to the Cyprus problem”.
As Nikos Kotzias has stated in a public statement, a first agreement on the guarantees and security of Cyprus among the guarantors will pave the way for the settlement of the differences between the two communities.
Jane Holl Lute, as noted by Nikos Kotzias, is not a negotiator, but the special envoy of the UN Secretary General who records the views of the involved parties that take part in the potential solution of the Cyprus problem. The Special Envoy departed for Brussels where she will meet with the High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy of the EU.
Kotzias – Christodoulides to meet Wednesday
On Wednesday, September 12, the Greek Foreign Minister will welcome his Cypriot counterpart, Nicos Christodoulides, who returns from his two-day visit to Germany in the afternoon. The two men will discuss the latest developments in the Cyprus issue, Nikos Kotzias’ talks with Jane Holl Lute, the contacts of Mr Christodoulides in Germany and the coordination of the two sides for the Cyprus issue, at the week of the UN General Assembly, in the last week of September, where significant discussions and contacts are expected to be made according to IBNA’s information.
On September 13, Nikos Kotzias and Nicos Christodoulides will travel to Israel, where the tripartite meeting of the Foreign Ministers, Greece, Cyprus and Israel will take place.
Convergence of the National Council for Foreign Policy
On Wednesday afternoon, under the chairmanship of Nikos Kotzias, the National Foreign Policy Council will be convened at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the establishment of the National Security Council.
The establishment of a permanent structure for foreign policy issues that would act as a consultative body for the prime minister on security, defence and crisis management had been proposed by the head of The Potami, Stavros Theodorakis, to Alexis Tsipras. The National Security Council will have no connection or replace the institutionalised KYCEA./IBNA