05 February, 2010
Alternate Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas, on a visit to the US, met yesterday in New York with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for discussions that included the Cyprus issue, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) name issue, and the critical problem of ship piracy by Somali pirates, as Greece has assumed chairmanship of the 6th Plenary Session of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS.
After the 40-minute meeting, Droutsas told reporters: "Beyond the major international issues, such as climate change, we focused our attention on matters of Greek interest, such as the developments in the Cyprus issue, particularly after the Secretary General's visit to Cyprus. The Secretary General briefed me on the outcome of that visit. We also discussed the FYROM name issue, and I once again briefed the Secretary General on the Greek positions and expressed to him Greece's volition to contribute to a resolution of the issue, expecting, naturally, the Skopje side to respond with the same constructive manner at the negotiations table in the UN. The Greek 'red line' is known to all."
Source: Athens News Agency