FM Kotzias participates in 127th meeting of Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe
The 127th annual meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, with the participation of 28 foreign ministers, 8 deputy foreign ministers and 10 permanent representatives of the 47 member states of the organization, is taking place on Friday in Nicosia with the participation of Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias.
The Nicosia Convention on offences related to cultural goods will also be signed during the meeting. This is the first international treaty that provides for the criminalization of the illicit trafficking of cultural goods.
The agenda also includes the issue of “enhancing democratic security in Europe.”
The participants will also discuss the fight against terrorism, the issue of migration and the conflicts in Europe.
At the closing session, Cyprus will deliver the Presidency of the Committee of Ministers to the Czech Republic.
The day before, Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades discussed the latter’s proposals to push Cyprus talks forward and create conditions for a new conference, the minister said.
“[We discussed] how we can find the best way to promote a solution to the Cyprus issue, in relation to its external aspect, which relates to the status Greece has under international law,” Kotzias said after a meeting with Anastasiades in Nicosia, adding the president’s proposals “are of great interesting”.
On his side, Anastasiades said the Turkish side avoids discussing “essential issues which in fact relate to Turkey’s will.” Thus it becomes obvious that “they do not want to make a step forward on this where they themselves could play a role in solving the Cyprus problem”. He also said Ankara and the Turkish Cypriot leadership did not want to touch upon the issue of guarantees so they can blame the interruption in the talks on him, because of the elections.
Kotzias later attended a formal dinner offered by Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides.