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11 October, 2001
Palestinian Chairman Yasser Arafat arrived in Athens yesterday to address the ruling PASOK's party 6th Congress, which begins today.
Immediately afterwards held talks with main opposition New Democracy (ND) party leader Costas Karamanlis on international developments and the Middle East.
Karamanlis stated that it was imperative for the international community to form a very large alliance against terrorism. He noted that nobody can invoke the just struggle of the Palestinian people as an excuse to cover up terrorist activities. On this, he said, "we are absolute", adding that the entire international community should effectively contribute in order for a solution to be found at long last and to curb the differences between the Israelis and the Palestinians so that stability and peace can be secured in the region.
The main opposition leader concluded by saying that he told Arafat that nobody can defy the rights of peoples for peace, stability and progress.
Communist Party of Greece (KKE) General Secretary Aleka Papariga also met Arafat. Following their meeting, Papariga said that the Greek government had a moral and political obligation to exert pressure for a genuine settlement of the Palestinian issue.
Source: Athens News Agency