Kotzias to meet UN’s Eide at Foreign Ministry Monday

Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias is due to meet in Athens at noon on Monday with the UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide.

The meeting comes three days after Kotzias met his Cypriot counterpart Ioannis Kasoulides, also in Athens.

On Friday, the two diplomats agreed that Greece no longer needs to serve as a guarantor power for Cyprus. Kotzias said the government does not “want the continuation of such a role, even legally, institutionally, as a provision,” and that Cyprus should have the same rights and level of sovereignty as other European Union member states.

Earlier this month, Eide praised Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci for their approach to the Cyprus problem.

“We either use this moment well or there will be a big disappointment again,” he said following a meeting with European Parliament President Martin Schulz on June 3.