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20 March, 2000
Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou reiterated here on Sunday that Yugoslavia's territorial integrity must be maintained, while also focusing concern on activities by Albanian extremists near the Kosovo-Serbia frontier.
Papandreou echoed statements and concerns by Russia's leadership over the worsening situation in Kosovo while attending a reception at Greece's embassy in Moscow in honor of Orthodoxy Day - organized by the Russian Orthodox Church.
Papandreou is scheduled to hold talks on Monday with his Russian counterpart Igor Ivanov -- who also attended the embassy reception -- regarding bilateral relations and the situation in Kosovo, among others.
The Greek FM is an official guest of Russian Patriarch Alexiy II, who at the reception reiterated the Russian Church's condemnation over the destruction of Orthodox religious monuments and monasteries in Kosovo by ethnic Albanian extremists.
Ivanov told reporters at the embassy that Moscow was dissatisfied with the efforts so far with the big powers' Contact Group for Yugoslavia, warning that "Kosovo's withdrawal from the Yugoslav Federation would be disastrous."
On his part, Papandreou also called for international peacekeeping forces stationed in the troubled Yugoslav province to send a clear message that UN resolutions should be respected, noting that Athens desires the development of democratic societies in the Balkans where religious freedoms, human rights and a democratic conscience will be respected.
Source: Athens News Agency