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15 April, 2002
Parliament President Apostolos Kaklamanis represented the Greece's legislature here at an extraordinary meeting of contact group delegates from European and Mediterranean assemblies, with a final communique taking on a more moderate tone following tough negotiations.
On his part, Kaklamanis stressed that the "international community has confirmed the legal rights of the Palestinian people with Yasser Arafat as their leader, and has also supported a withdrawal of Israeli forces from the occupied territories in parallel with the safeguarding of its (Israel) security".
Among others, Euro-Med parliament representatives demanded that combatants respect the holy sites of all religions in the area, while expressing their legislatures' dissatisfaction with the latest spiraling violence in the Middle East.
Source: Athens News Agency