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26 February, 2000
National Defense Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos on Friday assured that Greek military presence in Kosovo will not increase and predicted that the crisis in the Balkans will continue for at least another five years.
Addressing a press conference in Thessaloniki on the occasion of the presentation of a model for a new military hospital, Tsohatzopoulos said no extra soldier would be asked or obliged to go to Kosovo.
He said Greece has sent a force of 1,200 men, adding that on the basis of the quality and extent of this contribution, Greece is in third place among the total number of international powers having sent forces to Kosovo and constitutes a basic factor for pacification in the region.
"We should have no illusions that problems in the region will be resolved. There will be a need for international military presence and intensification of the need to support our neighboring peoples, which also constitutes a strategic concern for Greece," he said.
Source: Athens News Agency