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03 July, 1998
A five-day international conference of Israeli, Palestinian and Greek journalists, as well as Tel Aviv-based foreign correspondents, began on Rhodes yesterday.
Opening the sessions of the conference, press ministry secretary-general Yiannis Nikolaou stressed the need for a "peace culture" and a strengthening of cultural ties and cooperation in communications in the Middle East. The conference is organised by the Greek press ministry.
The president of UNESCO's Foundation for Free Expression and Democracy, Mondu Derek, stressed that a "culture of peace" is not identified with the attitude of "peace-loving passivity", and required multiple interventions in culture and policies stressing mutual respect and dialogue.
Source: Athens News Agency