11 July, 2007
Deputy Defence Minister Vassilis Mihaloliakos held talks with his Romanian counterpart Corneliu Dobritoiu in Bucharest on Tuesday that focused on regional security in the Balkans and Black Sea, European Union defence and security policy, NATO enlargement and bilateral affairs.
Mihaloliakos reiterated Greece's support for the accession prospects of Balkan and Black Sea countries to EuroAtlantic structures, provided they met the accession criteria.
On the prospect of NATO enlargement, Mihaloliakos stressed that the requirement was a "constant effort by the candidate-states for accession to meet entry criteria, as well as their genuine desire to prove that they are interested in multilateral cooperation and not in usurping the history of their neighbours or establishing unfounded elements of problematic national identity, as is the case with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM)."
The two ministers expressed their desire to further deepen and expand existing bilateral military cooperation.
On Tuesday afternoon, Mihaloliakos will visit Romania's Orthodox Patriarchate.
Source: Athens News Agency