Greek FM informs his Cypriot counterpart about his meetings in the US

Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Christodoulides had on Monday a meeting in Brussels with his Greek counterpart Nikos Kotzias, in the margins of the EU Foreign Affairs Council, convening in Brussels. Kotzias briefed Christodoulides on his recent visit to Washington DC, and about his meeting with the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

Kotzias told the media, last week, after his meeting with Guterres that negotiations for a solution of the Cyprus problem will not resume before the Turkish elections, which are scheduled for June 24. Asked what Guterres intended to do about the Cyprus issue and if he would be appointing a special envoy soon, Kotzias said the UNSG proposed a person but the name has not yet been accepted by Turkey.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Affairs Council began this morning with a discussion on current affairs, allowing ministers to review pressing issues on the international agenda as the recent developments related to North Korea and the situation in Yemen. Foreign Ministers will continue to discuss Iran and the nuclear deal (JCPOA) in light of the latest developments, in particular after the US decision to withdraw from the agreement.

This follows the discussion by EU leaders at their meeting in Sofia on 16 May, during which they agreed unanimously that the EU will stay in the agreement as long as Iran remains fully committed to it. Foreign ministers will exchange views on the political situation in Venezuela, after the presidential election of 20 May. The Council is expected to adopt conclusions on Venezuela. Then the Council will discuss the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, following up on the Council conclusions of 11 December 2017 and in view of the foreseen elections at the end of the year.

Over lunch, Foreign Ministers will discuss the situation in Gaza following recent developments, including in relation to the move of the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Finally the Council is expected to discuss the negotiating mandate for the future agreement between the EU and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.

The current ACP-EU Partnership Agreement, also known as the Cotonou Agreement, will expire in February 2020. Foreign ministers had an initial discussion during Januarys Foreign Affairs Council. Development ministers had a discussion on 22 May 2018.

Source: Cyprus News Agency