The programs of the Cypriot President and the Foreign Ministers of Greece and Cyprus
Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Greek Foreign Minister Nicos Kotzias will be in New York for the the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly. Foreign Minister Kotzias arrived in New York Friday night and on Sunday evening he is meeting with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, while the Cypriot President – accompanied by the First Lady Andri Anastasiadou, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides and the Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides, is arriving by private plane on Monday, at noon.
On Sunday evening, President Anastasiades is set to address an event hosted by Cypriots living in London. During his staying in New York, Anastasiades will have a meeting with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres as well as, among others, bilateral meetings with other foreign leaders and officials.
On Tuesday he will have bilateral meetings with Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Greece’s Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias. He will participate at the lunch hosted by the UN SG to all heads of delegations taking part in the General Assembly and at the evening at the reception hosted by U.S. President and Firtst Lady Melanie Trump.
On Wednesday, September 20, the Cypriot President will participate to a Security Council high level open debate on Peacekeeping Operations Reform and will meet with members of the American Jewish Committee (AJC), member of AIPAC as well as members of the Conference of the Presidents of Major American Jewish Organisations. He is also set to hold a meeting with Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland.
On Thursday, September 21, President Anastasiades will address the UN General Assembly. He is set to meet with Archbishop of America Demetrios on the same day and take part in an event hosted by the Federation of the Organisations of Cypriots of America, honoring Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias.
On, Friday, September 22, he will have a bilateral meeting with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres at the United Nations headquarters. He will later take part in a luncheon with the permanent representatives of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.
He returns to Cyprus on Friday, September 23.
FM NIKOS KOTZIAS
Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Kotzias will be meeting with a number of foreign counterparts and representatives of international and regional organizations and participate in the meeting of EU ministers of foreign affairs, as well as in several high-level meetings, where he will have the opportunity to present Greece’s positions.
He will also be co-chairing, along with his Chinese counterpart, the Ministerial Meeting of the Ancient Civilizations Forum (21/09), which was launched last April in Athens, on Greece’s initiative. The minister’s program also includes the Quadrilateral Meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Greece, Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania, as well as the Trilateral Meeting of the Ministers of Foreign of Greece, Cyprus and Egypt (both on 22/09).
He will also attend events hosted in his honour by the World Jewish Congress and the Federation of Cypriot American Organizations, where he will be awarded for his contribution to the promotion of peace in the Middle East and his efforts towards the settlement of the Cyprus issue.
His visit to New York will conclude on the afternoon of September 22, with his address to the UN General Assembly. He is also expected to be meeting with Foreign Ministers of Albania and fYRoM. It’s not known yet if a meeting will take place with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu.
Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides is expected to have a series of meetings with the new non permanent members of the UN Security Council at the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, next week in New York, in order to inform them about the Cyprus issue following the latest failed attempt in Crans Montana, Switzerland.
Kasoulides is also expected to meet with the Foreign Ministers of Greece and Egypt in preparation of the next tripartite Summit and meet with other counterparts and international organization officials.
As CNA learns, the Foreign Ministers of Cyprus, Greece and Egypt will meet on Friday, September 22, in New York, to discuss preparations ahead of the next Tripartite Summit that will take place next November in Nicosia, in the presence of Greek Premier Tsipras and Egypt’s President Sisi.
During his meeting with non permanent Security Council members and Foreign Ministers from countries with which Nicosia traditionally maintains friendly relations, Kasoulides will brief them about settlement efforts in Cyprus, in light of the outcome at the Swiss resort last July.
He is expected to outline the reasons that led the Conference on Cyprus to end inconclusively, as well as Turkey’s responsibilities with regards to this outcome. The Minister is also expected to emphasize the willingness of the President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, to resume negotiations, in line with the parameters set by the UN Secretary General.
Kasoulides will also meet preemptively with non permanent SC members, in an effort to highlight the importance of UNFICYP, the peacekeeping mission in Cyprus, amid the general debate at the UN to reform peacekeeping.
The US government, who is the largest contributor, pushes for major budget cuts in missions around the globe. Through Kasaoulides’ meetings, Nicosia wants to send the message that the financial burden of UNFICYP lies mainly with the Republic of Cyprus. He is also expected to highlight the importance of UNFICYP, as long as Turkish troops are stationed in the northern part of the island.
In an effort to brief members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation about the Cyprus issue, Kasoulides will also meet with his counterparts from Indonesia and the United Arab Emiartes.
The Minister will also see his counterpart from Lebanon on Tuesday, September 19, while two days later he will meet with the Arab League Secretary-General, upon the request of the latter, to exchange views on EU relations with the Arab world. On the same day, Thursday September 21, the Foreign Minister will also meet with his Syrian counterpart, Walid Muallem, with whom he met in previous years as well while in New York.
Kasoulides is expected to attend and address a High-Level event organized by Italy on “Protecting cultural heritage from terrorism”, in the framework of promoting the Nicosia Convention on offences related to cultural property, together with the Secretariat of the Council of Europe.
Finally, Kasoulides will attend a meeting with fellow Ministers from the International Organisation of La Francophonie, he will chair a Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group meeting and accompany President Anastasiades in several other meetings.