06 August, 2004
Foreign ministry spokesman George Koumoutsakos, commenting on Thursday on the issue of Belarussian Sports Minister Yuri Sivakov who has been accused of illegal activities, referred to the condemnatory report unanimously ratified by the Council of Europe and to reports that the European Union's Dutch presidency will soon be issuing a relevant statement, stressing that Greece will follow decisions taken by the EU.
"The Council of Europe, with an almost unanimously ratified resolution by its Parliamentary Assembly has stated its position on this issue with clarity. Moreover, there are absolute and explicitly stated objections from all our European partners regarding his entry into Europe. The Greek government is well aware of the issue and it is handling it in the framework of reactions by these two international organisations, of which it is a member," he said.
Koumoutsakos added that consultations are currently taking place on the issue in Brussels and specifically at the EU Council's Policy and Security Committee.
"According to reports we had a short while ago, the above Committee decided that procedures anticipated on forbidding the granting of a travel visa to all persons included in the foregoing Council of Europe resolution must get under way. In addition, we are informed that a relevant statement by the EU's Dutch presidency might be made soon, possibly tomorrow," he said.
Source: Athens News Agency