Nicosia.- (CNA) -Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou – Marcoullis departs Sunday for Luxembourg, where she will participate in the work of External Relations and General Affairs Council of the European Union, between 25 – 26 June.
During the External Relations Council, EU Foreign Ministers will discuss and are expected to adopt conclusions on the developments in the South Neighbourhood namely Syria, Egypt, Libya, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Pakistan and the situation concerning human rights. The Ministers will also discuss the situation in Iran during a working lunch.
On the sidelines of the External Relations Council, Marcoullis will hold bilateral meetings with foreign Ministers of Belgium and Denmark.
The Minister will also participate in the 22nd EU Ministerial meeting with the Gulf Cooperation Council.
During the General Affairs Council, the Foreign Minister will participate in the debate on enlargement, where the Ministers of the 27 EU Member States will have to take a decision on the beginning of accession negotiations between EU and Montenegro
During an informal working dinner, the EU Ministers will exchange views on the issue of Middle East peace process and the developments in the wider region focusing on Syria.
Erato Kozakou- Marcoullis has had a phone conversation with Greece’s newly-appointed Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos to congratulate him on taking up his duties.
According to an official announcement, in their conversation, Foreign Minister of Cyprus invited Avramopoulos to visit Cyprus.
The Greek Foreign Minister reaffirmed his firm support to the efforts of the Greeks of Cyprus for a just and lasting Cyprus settlement and accepted with pleasure the invitation to visit Cyprus as soon as possible.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. The leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities have been engaged in UN-backed negotiations with the aim to reunify the island under a federal roof.