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07 March, 2001
Greece deplores the acts of terrorism that took place on Monday against members of the Former Yugoslav Republic's (FYROM) armed forces, noted Prime Minister Costas Simitis in his message to FYROM's Premier Ljubco Georgievski.
The message delivered on Tuesday by Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou, who arrived in Skopje for talks with the government of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia regarding the tide of violence that has spilled over the borders of Kosovo into FYROM's northern regions, said:
"I Deplore the act of terrorism perpetrated yesterday (Monday) against members of your country's armed forces and I wish to convey my condolences to you as well as to their families."
"Greece considers the sovereignty and territorial integrity of FYROM within its internationally recognized borders essential for stability in our region and unequivocally condemns all violent actions aiming at its destabilization."
"The Greek government is in close cooperation with its partners in NATO and the EU. It calls on the international community to urgently take appropriate and concrete measures in order to avoid further escalation."
Government sources, earlier, said that Georgievski, had been in touch with Simitis over the phone on Monday night, asking for Athens' help in containing the tense situation that has arisen in the region.
Source: Athens News Agency