United Nations.- BY Apostolos Zoupaniotis
President of the Republic Demetris Christofias and Prime Minister George Papandreou will be representing Cyprus and Greece respectively at the 66th UN General Assembly, which begins on September 21. The Cypriot President, who arrives in New York on September 19, will be addressing the General Assembly on September 22. On September 20, President Christofias will attend a dinner hosted in his honor by the American Jewish Committee.
On September 21 he will attend the opening of the General Assembly and attend a dinner hosted by the UN Secretary General for the heads of delegations. On the same day, he will meet Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou and will attend a reception hosted by US President Barack Obama.
After his address on September 22, President Christofias will give a press conference at UN headquarters, and will later on speak at the New York University.
On September 23, President Christofias will host a luncheon for the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and later on will attend the annual dinner of the Cyprus Federation of America, in the presence of Archbishop Demetrios of America, during which Maryland Senator Ben Cardin will be honoured. A date for a meeting with the UN Secretary General has not yet been set.
Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou said Friday that the President’s programme in New York has not been finalized yet, but added that President Christofias will hold a series of bilateral meetings with other heads of state and government.
Meanwhile, Minister of Foreign Affairs Erato Kozakou Markoullis, who will be accompanying the President, will participate in the meetings of EU Ministers with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Russia and the US, on September 20 and 22 respectively.
Markoullis will also have a series of bilateral meetings with several counterparts and the Secretary General of the Arab League, and will participate in the Commonwealth ministerial meeting.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Ergodan is scheduled to address the General Assembly on September 22 and Papandreou on September 23.
Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou arrives in New York on Saturday, September 17. On Tuesday he will meet in Washington with US Congress officials and International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Christine Lagarde.
Papandreou will being his itinerary of bilateral contacts the following day with a meeting with UN secretary Ban Ki-moon, after which he will meet with high-ranking representatives of the Jewish American organisations.
He will also have meetings with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and with the leaders of the countries of the Middle East and other areas.
Papandreou will further attend the traditional reception for the heads of state and government attending the General Assembly that will be hosted by US President Barack Obama, and a luncheon to be hosted by the UN chief.
The Greek prime minister and SI president will chair a meeting of the Socialist International presidium on Friday, September 23, after which he will deliver an address to the UN General Assembly.
On September 19, Papandreou will attend a luncheon at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and that same evening will address a gathering at a hotel in Manhattan organised by the Foreign Policy Association (FPA).
During his stay in New York, Papandreou will give press conferences on the US media.
On September 22, he will attend a reception in his honor at the Greek Consulate General in New York that will be attended by Archbishop Demetrios of America, high-ranking officials of Greek-American organizations, academics, businesspeople and personalities of the Arts and Letters.
In between the New York events, Papandreou will fly to Washington on September 20 for meetings with IMF chief Lagarde and the leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations and House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committees.
Greek foreign minister Stavros Lambrinidis, who will be accompanying Papandreou to the US, will also have a series of sideline meetings in New York with his counterparts. Lambrinidis will represent Greece at several high-level meetings, as well at the customary EU foreign affairs ministers’ meetings with their US and Russian counterparts.