Greece’s Foreign and Defence Ministers set to visit Cyprus

Greeces Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias and Defence Minister Panos Kammenos are set to visit Cyprus in the coming days.

Kotzias arrives in Cyprus on Friday afternoon and will represent the Greek Government in the annual student parade to mark the Greek Independence Day on March 25.

On Tuesday, the Greek FM will address an event of the Makarios III Foundation following an invitation by Archbishop of Cyprus Chrysostomos II.

On his part Kammenos visits Cyprus to take part at the events marking the anniversary of the Cypriot anti-colonial liberation struggle of 1955-1959 on April 1.

Kotzias is set to have consecutive meetings with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, House of Representatives Demetris Syllouris, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides and the parliamentary party heads, CNA sources say.

He departs from Cyprus on March 29.

In the meantime, in statements after a meeting today with German Minister for Foreign Affairs and Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel in Athens, the Greek FM said they had discussed the Cyprus problem. Like all European countries, he noted, Greece wishes for a peaceful solution which will be viable and within the framework of international law.

“We all know that Greece, the Greek government and me personally believe that the Cyprus problem is first and foremost a problem of occupation and of casting away all thoughts of intervention rights by third countries in the island,” he said.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. UN led talks between the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities resumed in May 2015 with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency