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10 July, 1997
A non-binding, three-day meeting between Israeli and Palestinian personalities aimed at exchanging views on the future of the Middle East peace process began yesterday at the Athens seaside resort of Vouliagmeni.
The gathering is the product of a Greek government initiative.
The meeting is attended by Israeli and Palestinian parliamentarians, academics and personalities in the general sense, who will have the opportunity to discuss the serious problems in relations between the two communities. The meeting will be addressed by Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos and Foreign Undersecretary Yiannos Kranidiotis, while professor Theodoros Kouloumbis will coordinate the meeting.
In an announcement, the foreign ministry expressed satisfaction over the acceptance of its invitation by the participants.
"Greece is watching developments in the Middle East with particular interest, developments which affect stability and security in our region and beyond. This meeting is part of continuous efforts being made by our country towards all sides to promote the peace process, which is at a particularly delicate and crucial phase at present," the foreign ministry announcement concluded.
Source: Athens News Agency