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20 February, 2003
US Secretary of State Colin Powell spoke with his Greek counterpart George Papandreou by phone on Tuesday evening, with the Iraq crisis in the aftermath of Mondays special EU Summit expectedly dominating the conversation.
He (Powell) understood that we are requesting a peaceful and diplomatic resolution to the Iraq crisis, within the framework of Resolution 1441, with the granting of necessary time to (UN weapons) inspectors, but at the same time, we are holding Saddam Hussein responsible for this actions, Papandreou told reporters shortly after leaving a meeting with the prime minister in Athens.
State Department spokesman Richard Boucher referred to the telephone talks Powell and Papandreou had two days before the emergency EU summit in Brussels on Monday on the Iraq crisis, and reiterated that the United States hailed the European Union's declaration on Iraq, underlining that it calls on Saddam Hussein to proceed immediately in taking steps for Iraq's disarmament.
Source: Athens News Agency