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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-09-20

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  • [01] Bakoyannis departing for New York on Friday

  • [01] Bakoyannis departing for New York on Friday

    Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis is scheduled to depart for New York on Friday to take part in the UN-organised high-level event on climate change.

    On the sidelines of this event, Bakoyannis will have a number of bilateral contacts that will focus on promoting Greece's positions regarding the name of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Kosovo, relations with Turkey and the Cyprus issue.

    She will begin her contacts in New York by meeting UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, for talks on all the above issues and any that may be raised by the UN chief.

    Developments surrounding the issue of FYROM's name will dominate her talks with UN mediator for the FYROM issue Matthew Nimetz on Sunday afternoon, while earlier the same day she is scheduled to meet the Kosovo Troika's European mediator Wolfgang Ischinger.

    Also on her agenda later on Sunday afternoon is a first meeting with her newly-elected Turkish counterpart Ali Babacan following elections in Greece and Turkey, during which they are expected to discuss bilateral relations and Turkey's European prospects, and a meeting with Jordan's Foreign Minister Abdel-Elah Mohammad Al-Khatib.

    On Monday, Bakoyannis is to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and then her counterparts from Albania and Saudi Arabia, Lulzim Basha and Saud al-Faysal bin Abd Al-Aziz Al Saud, respectively.

    On Monday afternoon she is to meet US Undersecretary for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns and then Serb President Boris Tadic.

    Bakoyannis's address during the event on climate change is to be delivered on Monday afternoon at 17:00 and will highlight the need for more action to protect the environment, greater sensitivity toward the more vulnerable populations of the planet, a combination of protection and development and changing attitudes leading to over-consumption.

    The event is entitled "The Future in our Hands: Addressing the Leadership Challenge of Climate Change" and about 70 UN member-states will be represented by heads of state and government. It is an informal forum that, according to a UN announcement, is aimed at "securing political commitment and building momentum" before the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali in December.

    Bakoyannis returns to Athens on Tuesday and Greece will be represented at the General Assembly's discussion on September 28 by Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannis Valinakis.

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