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07 April, 1999
Foreign Minister George Papandreou will visit Skopje and Tirana today before flying on to Luxembourg where European Union foreign ministers will meet to discuss the grave humanitarian and refugee problems in the Balkans.
Mr. Papandreou told reporters yesterday that his visits to the two Balkan capitals, swamped under the weight of a massive influx of displaced Kosovo Albanians, would include visits to refugee camps.
He said his talks would focus on coordinating the safe distribution of humanitarian aid.
The Greek FM also reiterated that Greece had not specified how many refugees it would take and would take a decision based on the attitude to be taken by its European Union partners.
In addition, he said that in his conversation with Turkish Foreign Minister Ismael Cem on Sunday, the Turkish FM had told him that Ankara had also come under "pressure" from US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to accept refugees.
He said he and Mr. Cem were cooperating on issues of humanitarian aid, including the issue of Turkish planes flying through Greek air space and on how refugees and aid were to be transported.
Source: Athens News Agency