Athens, September 29, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
The Greek foreign minister, Nikos Kotzias, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, had on Monday a meeting with the prime minister and the foreign minister of Kosovo Isa Mustafa and Hashim Thaçi. The Kosovars officials thanked Kotzias for his recent visit to Kosovo, as well as the consistent position held by Greece over Kosovo, despite the fact that it has not recognised it.
They then informed the Greek side on the recent developments in Kosovo and the course of reforms, agreements and dialogue with Serbia. They called again on Greece’s support to integration efforts in international organizations. Finally, they expressed the commitment of their Government to combat religious fanaticism, to participate in the fight against the ISIS and ensure the protection and funding of repairs and restorations of Christian monuments and churches.
Kotzias, on his part, stressed the need for the consolidation of stability, security and peace in the region and the importance of building networks and partnerships in South East Europe with the participation of all countries and with the active support of Greece and EU.
The Foreign Minister invited his counterpart in Athens and expressed the Greek support to the efforts of Kosovo to join international organisations under international Law and in the interest of stability in the region, noting that the shared objective is the future integration of all Western Balkans in the European Union.
Finally, they agreed in strengthening bilateral cooperation and the composition of expert working groups on acquis issues.
Greek FM met with Special Adviser Gen. Secretary United Nations on Cyprus
Kotzias also had an extensive meeting on Monday with the Special Adviser of the UN Secretary-General on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide.
During the discussion, there was a comprehensive overview of the situation and the progress of the negotiations, with Kotzias outlining the views and concerns of the Greek Government on the progress of solving the Cyprus problem, posing thoroughly the issue of guarantees and the need for the withdrawal of the occupation forces from Cyprus.