The informal five-party conference on the Cyprus issue, convened by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in Geneva. (Photo by Eurokinissi)
ATHENS — Attending the informal five-party conference on the Cyprus issue, convened by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in Geneva, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias addressed the meeting held earlier on Wednesday, saying that Greece is attending with a constructive attitude and in good faith, according to diplomatic sources. Greece is present as a guarantor force, in full coordination with the Cypriot side.
He also pointed out that the Mitsotakis government wants the resumption of negotiations for the settlement of the Cyprus problem, the framework of which must be fully compatible with the UN Charter and the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council – meaning a bicommunal, bizonal federation – as well as the European acquis.
Especially with regard to the last point, he made special reference to the fact that any solution should ensure the continuation of the substantial participation of Cyprus in decision-making within the EU, without external interference. He stressed that there is no room for consideration of any alternative outside the above framework, according to the same sources.
Referring to the status of guarantees, he stressed that there should be provision for the abolition of this anachronistic system and the possibility of intervention by third countries, as well as the complete withdrawal of Turkish occupation forces from the island.
On Tuesday, the foreign minister had successive meetings with his Cypriot counterpart Nikos Christodoulidis and with the President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades. The talks focused on the coordination of Greece and Cyprus ahead of the informal five-party meeting.
Afterwards, Dendias attended a reception given by the UN Secretary General. He had the opportunity to talk with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Çavusoglu, as well as with his British counterpart Dominic Raab.
The foreign minister is later scheduled to meet with the UN Secretary General (at around 14:45 Greek time), as well as his British counterpart.
Varvitsiotis: Two-state solution for Cyprus not accepted by international community
"The two-state solution for Cyprus proposed by the Turkish-Cypriot side and Turkey is not accepted by the international community," Alternate Foreign Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis said in an interview with Real FM on Wednesday.
Commenting the five-party informal meeting in Geneva, he underlined that the two-state solution is outside the framework of UN Security Council resolutions that call for a bizonal, bicommunal federation on the island.
It is also a solution that is outside the EU framework, he pointed out, underlining that any other prospect for Cyprus would essentially legalise the illegal invasion and occupation.
ATHENS - With six of 24 French-made Rafale fighter jets arriving in Greece, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said at a ceremony welcoming them that they are a deterrence against Turkey, which repeatedly sends fighters into Greek air space.
BOSTON – The Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Alexandria in its recent meeting dealt with the ecclesiastical coup perpetrated by the Patriarchate of Moscow in its canonical jurisdiction, calling it an “immoral invasion and intrusion.
NEW YORK - Some 21 years after it was destroyed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States that brought down the Twin Towers in New York City, the new St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church rising in its place is among the most eagerly awaited architectural openings of 2022.
STATEN ISLAND, NY – For yet another year, the community of Holy Trinity-St Nicholas in Staten Island honored couples celebrating 50+ years of marriage with a modest ceremony held at the church immediately following the Divine Liturgy on January 16.
Have an idea for a story, or know of an event we should cover? We want to hear about it!
The National Herald is the paper of record of the Greek Diaspora community. Through independent journalism, we bring news to generations of Greek-Americans, with stories on the individual, community and international level. Visit and support our 106 year-old sister publication Εθνικός Κήρυξ.
You’re reading 1 of 3 free articles this month. Get unlimited access to The National Herald. or Log In