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12 April, 1999
National Defense Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos repeated on Sunday that Greece would not take part in a possible NATO land operation in Yugoslavia.
Tsohatzopoulos also forecast that extending military operations from air strikes to ground warfare was a step that the parties involved would manage to avoid.
Furthermore, a political solution to the Kosovo crisis would eventually be found.
Failure was inherent in NATO's policy of confrontation and bombings, which, by definition, had its limits. Conditions were quickly evolving towards the chance for political solution, Tsohatzopoulos said.
A withdrawal of Serb forces and the unimpeded return of all refugees to Kosovo, guaranteed by an international force, were a realistic base to work towards peace, he said.
The minister was speaking during a tour of military units in Attica to wish troops a happy Easter.
Source: Athens News Agency