Greek Foreign Minister Kotzias shook hands with the Bishop of the Monastery of Kykkos today during the signing of an agreement granting Greece land in Engomi, Nicosia for the construction of a new Embassy building.
''I am happy that, thanks to the Monastery and the wisdom of her abbots, we will be able to build a beautiful Greek Embassy and a beautiful Greek residence for our Ambassador. I am glad that the Greek flag and Hellenism will fly thanks to the Monastery,'' he said in a statement.
Back in May the monastery had taken the Greek state to court in a dispute over the plot of land which was donated to Greece on the condition Greece would build an Embassy there. In 2012 however the bishop learned that Greece was trying to sell the land and a legal battle ensued. The two sides have since buried the hatchet.
Υπογραφή συμφωνίας παραχώρησης οικοπέδου από Ι.Μ.Κύκκου σε Ελληνική Πολιτεία για κατασκευή νέας Πρεσβείας Ελλάδας σε Κύπρο από ΥΠΕΞ @NikosKotzias &Μητροπολίτη Κύκκου Νικηφόρο/FM N.Kotzias & Metropolitan Nikiphoros of Kykkos sign agreement granting of a plot of land to Greek state pic.twitter.com/9IOwAF9cuE— Υπουργείο Εξωτερικών (@GreeceMFA) 14 September 2018