Greek FM discusses Cyprus question with UN Chief
by Apostolis Zoupaniotis
United Nations, Jul 13 (CNA) – Greece’s Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan examined today the need to continue efforts to create the necessary conditions for a resumption of the process to find a solution to the Cyprus problem.
The Greek FM made the statement after a half-hour meeting with Annan at the UN headquarters noting their meeting was useful and constructive. He also described it as friendly, noting the UN chief congratulated Greece for its July presidency of the Security Council.
Molyviatis said the two men discussed a series of issues that concerned Greece, its region and the international situation in relation to the UN's role.
“"We discussed the Cyprus issue, of course. We examined its present state and its prospects for the future”, he noted.
“We also discussed the issue of the name of Skopje (the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), which we discussed earlier in a meeting with the Secretary General's special envoy Matthew Nimetz. Lastly, we discussed Kosovo and the present situation and developments looming," Molyviatis further said.
Answering questions on Cyprus, the Greek FM said they examined the need to continue efforts to create the necessary conditions for a resumption of the process to find a solution to the problem. “The spirit and mood is to continue the effort to create the necessary conditions”, he added.
Molyviatis also said at presently there is nothing scheduled for a meeting in September in New York between the Prime Ministers of Greece and Turkey and the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied the island’s northern third.