03 April, 2006
Visiting US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Bryza over the weekend reiterated Washington's support for the Burgas-Alexandroupoli pipeline project connecting the respective Bulgarian Black Sea port city with the Greek port in the northeastern Aegean.
Bryza, who attended a South East Europe Cooperation Process (SEECP) energy ministers' meeting in the northern city of Thessaloniki as an observer, said the project appears commercially viable and has generated heightened interest amongst the partners in the scheme.
He also noted that Washington was interested in supporting the development of the energy sector in SE Europe, while noting that the strategic interests of the United States' allies in the region also comprise a guarantee for America's interests.
Bryza, who holds the European and Eurasian Affairs portfolio, clarified that Washington's interests involve an overall strategy, one that is not linked to specific companies interested in investing in the region. Finally, he said the US side is particularly interested in the region increasing its use of renewable forms of energy and reducing dependence on fossil fuels.
Source: Athens News Agency