It was a positive meeting, said Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias after meeting with UN Secretary General António Guterres.

“Today I had the opportunity to meet once again with the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Guterres. The formal reason for my visit to the Secretary General was to announce Greece’s candidacy to the United Nations Security Council for the period 2025-26. As you know, I will be presenting our candidacy this afternoon at an event here in New York.

However, apart from this, we had the opportunity to discuss a wider range of topics. First of all, as always, the Cypriot question, the possibility of a new initiative after the election of Nicos Christodoulides as the President of the Republic of Cyprus. But also about the situation in Ukraine, the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean and a number of issues related to the protection of the environment, the protection of women’s rights and much more.”

Regarding the appointment of the envoy on the Cyprus issue, Dendias said:

“Firstly, Ms. Rosemary Dicarlo is in the Republic of Cyprus – I don’t know if she left in the last few hours. The Secretary-General is awaiting his report before agreeing on the next steps. I would like to reiterate that Greece encourages the Secretary-General to make further efforts to resolve the Cyprus problem always within the framework of United Nations Security Council resolutions. That is our role.”

Dendias also noted that the Secretary General welcomed the brochure and Greece’s candidacy for a seat on the Security Council.

Of course, he could not make up his mind. But to be honest, I didn’t see him unhappy.”

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