25 June, 2008
An international donors' conference for the reconstruction of the Nar El-Bared Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon concluded here on Monday, with Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis reiterating Greece's support for the refugees.
"We Greeks care for the Palestinians and we are proving this in practice," she told reporters, announcing at the same time that Greece's participation in the effort will amount to one million euros.
Bakoyannis said Athens would undertake the reconstruction of one part of the camp, while it would also be present in relief programmes regarding Palestinian refugee women and children.
According to the Greek foreign minister, the refugee camp was completely destroyed during the 2007 conflict in Lebanon. "The aim of the reconstruction is to have the camp built on completely new foundations and of higher quality, so as to offer dignified living conditions to the Palestinian refugees."
On Sunday evening, Bakoyannis participated in an official dinner hosted by her Austrian counterpart Ursula Plassnik, in which EU foreign ministers and foreign ministers of the Arab League also took part.
Delegations from more than 50 countries and international organisations along with Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, EU Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner and Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa took part in the conference.
Source: Athens News Agency