Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias to visit Cyprus (Nicosia, 28.07.2022)

Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias will visit Cyprus tomorrow, Thursday, July 28, 2022.

Mr. Dendias is scheduled to be received by the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, and afterwards, he will attend and deliver a speech at the Meeting of the Heads of Cyprus’ Diplomatic Missions abroad.

Minister of Foreign Affairs will hold a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus, Ioannis Kasoulides at 13.00. Following the meeting, the two Ministers will make joint statements to the press at approximately 13:20.

Talks between the two Ministers will take place in the context of the two countries’ continuous cooperation and coordination.

They are expected to focus on developments in the Cyprus issue –in view of the upcoming new UN Security Council Resolution on the renewal of UNFICYP’s mandate– on the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean, EU-related issues as well as on the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

During his stay in Nicosia, Mr. Dendias will also hold separate, consecutive meetings with the presidential candidates Averof Neophytou (DISY candidate), Andreas Mavroyiannis (independent candidate supported by AKEL), and Nikos Christodoulides (independent candidate supported by DIKO and EDEK).

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hellenic Republic

Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias’ address at the Hand-over Ceremony of archival material of Dimitrios Bitsios (27.07.2022)

Dear Minister, Mr. Ambassador,

Dear Miltiadis,

Honorable Ambassador ad honorem, Mr. Bitsios,

General-Secretary,

Ladies and Gentlemen Ambassadors,

Ladies and gentlemen,

Allow me to begin by welcoming former Minister and Ambassador Petros Molyviatis, to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to such familiar surroundings of his.

Mr. Molyviatis is a noble man of public life and a noble representative of Greece’s Diplomatic Service. It is a great pleasure to have him with us today.

With today’s ceremony, we officially welcome to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs the late former Foreign Minister and Ambassador Ad Hon., Dimitrios Bitsios’ archive, which was handed over to us by his son, Konstantinos, himself an Ambassador, and I would like to thank him heartily for this offer. It is not a symbolic gesture. It will contribute significantly to the effort to document important events in our country’s modern diplomatic history.

Dimitrios Bitsios joined the Diplomatic Service in 1939, on the eve of World War II. After the war, he served at our Consulate General and Embassy in Cairo and at our Embassy in London until 1954. In 1955 – that is when the archive that was handed over to us begins- he served as a member of the Greek Delegation to the Tripartite Conference on the Cyprus issue.

He served as Greece’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations for the first time during 1961-1965 and then again between 1967 and 1972. Shortly afterwards, following the restoration of democracy in Greece, Konstantinos Karamanlis initially appointed him as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Government of National Unity and then as Minister of Foreign Affairs until the elections of 1977.

This archive contains personal letters and documents relating to foreign policy issues, namely the issues that Dimitrios Bitsios dealt with during his multifaceted career.

A small number of items from his personal archive are also included, especially after he left the Ministry, that is, after the elections of 1977.

In addition to his father’s archive, Konstantinos Bitsios was kind enough to offer archival material from his own personal archive, for which we also thank him, as well as 16 volumes from the family’s collection, the majority of which pertain to the minutes of Security Council and the United Nations General Assembly discussions on the Cyprus issue and have already been added to the collection of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Library.

Once fully cataloged and organized, although it is being handed over to us in a very organized state, the archive will be made available to the Ministry’s services and, of course, will be digitized in its entirety, as part of the digitization process which we hope to have completed by the end of next year.

It will be extremely useful in conducting our foreign policy in a well-documented manner and allow me to use a personal experience of mine to demonstrate how important this is. In the context of the negotiation of the First Amendment Protocol to the Mutual Defense Cooperation Agreement with the United States, the so-called MDCA, we referred to the exchange of the Bitsios-Kissinger letters; and it was particularly helpful that Konstantinos was able to bring before we could get hold of them, copies of those letters, which constituted the element that enabled us to ask the United States, the then US Secretary of State, Mr. Pompeo to send a letter to Prime Minister Mitsotakis.

Of course, as part of this material, the contacts with our neighbor beyond the Aegean, the contacts that Dimitrios Bitsios had with his Turkish counterparts from time to time, are also of great interest. In general, it was an extraordinarily eventful period, albeit not always a pleasant one. It’s about Greek-Turkish relations and the Cyprus issue.

In addition to accepting this archive, I believe a broader gesture of recognition for Dimitrios Bitsios’ contribution is appropriate.

I, therefore, have the pleasure and honour to announce today that the Historical Archive’s Reading Room, where scholars interested in Greek diplomatic history can come and work, will be renamed the “Dimitrios Bitsios Reading Room”.

We are grateful to Dimitrios Bitsios for his service to his country and we warmly thank his son for the initiative. I would like to assure him that the material will be used to the best of our ability for the benefit of our country.

Thank you very much.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hellenic Republic

Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias to meet with Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany, Annalena Baerbock (Athens, 29.07. 2022)

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias will hold a meeting with the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany, Annalena Baerbock in Athens on Friday, June 29, 2022, in the context of the latter’s first visit to Greece (28-29 July 2022) since taking office.

The two Ministers will have a one-on-one meeting at 11:15, followed by expanded talks.

Afterwards, the Ministers will make joint statements to the press at approximately 12:45, followed by a working lunch between the two delegations.

Discussions between the two Foreign Ministers will cover all aspects of Greek-German relations, including pending issues. In addition, talks are expected to focus on developments in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the situation in the Western Balkans as well as on prospects for energy cooperation.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hellenic Republic