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17 October, 2001
Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou met the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Jacques Rogge at IOC headquarters in Lausanne on Tuesday, for talks on the Olympic Truce Center.
The Olympic Truce Center's board is to convene in Lausanne on November 26 to discuss its activities and prospects.
After the 90-minute meeting, Rogge praised the idea of the Olympic Truce and expressed certainty that Olympic activities would not be curtailed but further intensified.
Papandreou, who is a co-chairman of the Truce Center's board and was accompanied by its managing director Stavros Lambrinidis, thanked Rogge for his efforts to help Greece organize the 2004 Olympics in Athens and said his talks with Rogge had been very useful.
At a time when all humanity was concerned about maintaining peace, he added, the idea of a pause in military conflict during the Olympic Games was both relevant and important.
The Greek minister expressed his satisfaction that Greece was a front-runner in this effort, the next of steps of which he had discussed with Rogge to make them even more effective.
Following the meeting, Papandreou left Lausanne for Luxembourg.
Source: Athens News Agency