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04 April, 2001
Foreign Minister George Papandreou and Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic on Tuesday discussed latest developments in the Balkans, particularly regional problems, economic cooperation issues, internal developments in Serbia and issues concerning relations between Serbia and Montenegro.
Papandreou said Greece is close to Yugoslavia and they are linked by traditional friendship and substantive relations.
Djindjic said identical views exist on many issues, adding that Yugoslavia needs Greece's support for stability and economic development to be achieved with the ultimate target being the country's accession to international organizations.
He also said the problem of terrorism in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) will be tackled.
Commenting on the arrest and arraignment of former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic, Djindjic said the issue is now in the hands of justice, adding that many issues concerning the past have to be handled and not only offences perpetrated by Milosevic.
Djindjic will also be meeting main opposition New Democracy party leader Costas Karamanlis on Wednesday.
Greek foreign minister meets with Albanian premier in Athens:
Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou on Tuesday met with Albanian Prime Minister Ilir Meta on the sidelines of the international conference held by the "Economist" magazine in Athens.
Their talks focused on recent developments in the region and issues pertaining to the multi-lateral cooperation of Balkan countries.
Speaking to the press, Papandreou said that Albania is expending efforts to confront the crisis in the Balkans, adding that the stance of the Albanian government during this crisis has been appreciated as one that contributed to peace and stability in the region.
On his part, Meta expressed his deep concern over the conditions in the region and reiterated that Albania adopted a very clear position discouraging the actions of extremists and supporting all the political forces that are for dialogue.
Source: Athens News Agency