Tagged: Kotzias

Kotzias will meet with Tillerson on March 13th

The Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Kotzias will have a meeting with Rex Tillerson on March 13th in Washington. The meeting is a very good opportunity for Athens to express its concerns about the Turkish dangerously provocative stance of the last months and to promote its positions on a series of issues and especially […]

Cyprus remains in spotlight

The issues of security, including the presence of Turkish troops, which form the biggest obstacles to the reunification of ethnically divided Cyprus, are being seen “through new eyes,” according to UN Special Envoy Espen Barth Eide, who insisted there is an opportunity for a solution but that it won’t be around indefinitely. The UN envoy […]

Kotzias calls for scrapping of system of guarantees in Cyprus

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias over the weekend repeated his call for the dismantling of the system of guarantees and the removal of Turkish forces from the ethnically divided island in order to make way for an elusive peace deal. “If we want to solve the problem, then we have to abolish the causes behind […]

Kotzias: “We must respect the outcome of the elections in the USA”

The Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Kotzias underlined the need to respect the outcome of the presidential elections in the USA, during the extraordinary EU meeting called in Brussels by High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini. Major concerns were expressed at the meeting, particularly in relation to […]

Foreign Affairs Ministry: Greece is not discussing the Cham issue

In a press release issued on Wednesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has clarified that Greece will not be discussion the issue of Cham Albanians with Albanian authorities. The press release came in response to Albanian claims that the issue was on the table. “Greece is not discussing the ‘Cham’ issue nor is negotiating with […]

Kotzias rejects claims by Albanian counterpart

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias has denied claims by his Albanian counterpart Ditmir Bushati that the two countries submitted a non-paper to the European Union that included a reference to claims by the Cham community in Albania. “The only reference in the non-paper,” Kotzias told Alpha radio on Wednesday, “was that the issue is not […]

Kotzias to attend OSCE meeting in Potsdam

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias will travel to Potsdam, Germany, to attend Thursday’s informal OSCE foreign ministers’ meeting to discuss common challenges in the OSCE region. Talks are expected to focus on possible solutions to the Ukrainian crisis, combating terrorism, migration and arms control. Kotzias is also expected to attend the informal meeting of EU […]

Kotzias and Cavusoglu underline necessity for developing bilateral ties

The Greek and Turkish Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Kotzias and Melvut Cavusoglu, underlined their will to further support bilateral relations, following an unofficial meeting that was held in Crete on Sunday. According to the Athens-Macedonia News Agency, the meeting lasted about three hours and was followed up by a meal. In the joint statements […]

Kotzias in FYROM to address meeting of country’s ambassadors

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias will on Thursday visit Skopje, capital of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), to address an annual gathering of FYROM ambassadors. Kotzias is scheduled to meet with the Balkan country’s Prime Minister Emil Dimitrie, President Gjorge Ivanov as well as his counterpart Nikola Poposki. Athens has long refused to […]

Albania raising “Cham issue” ahead of Kotzias visit

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement on Sunday, responding to Albania’s Prime Minister Edi Rama and Foreign Affairs Minister Dimir Bushati regarding a “Cham issue”. The statements regarding a Cham issue came a few days ahead of the official visit of Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Kotzias to further develop bilateral relations. Aside from […]

Kotzias arranges official visit to Tirana for Monday and Tuesday

The Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Kotzias will travel for Tirana on Monday, where he will meet with his Albanian counterpart Ditmir Bushati. The Greek Minister will later be received by the President of Albania Bujar Nishani and Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana, Durrës and All Albania. On Tuesday Mr. Kotzias will be a central speaker […]

Kotzias in Brussels for meeting of NATO foreign ministers

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias is set to attend the meeting of NATO foreign ministers which takes place in Brussels Thursday and Friday, ahead of the alliance’s summit in Warsaw in July. The Brussels meeting will address topics such as the organization’s role in tackling the ongoing migration and refugee crisis, and NATO relations with […]

Greece to enter talks with Albania and Italy on refugee crisis

The Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Kotzias is preparing meetings with his counterparts in Albania and Italy to discuss the refugee crisis in the Balkans, diplomatic sources have told To Vima. Albania and Italy have already signed a memorandum of understanding in order to better monitor their joint borders. With the closure of the Greece-FYROM […]

Refugee crisis not a bilateral issue, Kotzias says

The refugee crisis must not be treated as a bilateral issue between Greece and Turkey but as a global problem, Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said after meeting his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in Athens Friday. The two officials, who met ahead of Monday’s crucial European Union summit with Turkey over the refugee crisis, stressed the […]

Turkish FM to visit Athens ahead of key EU summit

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu will visit Athens for talks with Greek officials on Friday, according to reports. Reports said the visit is aimed at enhancing coordination between Athens and Ankara ahead of a special EU summit in Brussels with Turkish officials on March 7 aiming to hammer out a deal to control the flow […]

“Austria’s move to exclude Greece from Vienna conference is not a friendly one”

The Foreign Ministry’s Political Director, Ambassador Petros Mavroeidis, yesterday delivered to the Austrian Ambassador here, Andrea Ikić-Böhm, a demarche regarding the initiative for organizing, in Vienna, a conference of the Interior and Foreign Ministers of Austria and the countries of the Western Balkans. On the instructions of Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, Mr. Mavroeidis stressed, among […]

New trilateral cooperation between Cyprus-Greece-Lebanon

Following the trilateral meetings with Egypt, Israel and Jordan, the Foreign Minister of Cyprus will have a meeting today on the fringes of the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels with his Greek and Lebanon counterparts, with the aim of establishing a new trilateral cooperation scheme. According to the Government Spokesman, Nikos Christodoulides, this is […]