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04 October, 2002
Defense Minister Yiannos Papantoniou and his Luxembourg counterpart Charles Goerens on Thursday said they had identical views on the situation in Iraq, following a meeting in Athens.
The two ministers asked that all options within the framework of the United Nations for avoiding military conflict be exhausted and that there be effective control of Iraq's armory.
They also discussed instability in Kosovo and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and called for the extension of the term of the military force stationed in the area and its replacement by a European force in 2003.
Regarding Cyprus, Papantoniou said that its accession to the EU had been ensured and would take place at the end of the year when the Community enlarged.
He noted that no progress had been made in negotiations for a solution to the political problem because of Turkish-Cypriot side's absolute intransigency, while expressing hope that Turkey would not react in such a way as to jeopardize its own chances of becoming an EU member.
Finally, an article allowing Greek residents of Luxembourg to serve in the Luxembourgian army was added to an existing cooperation memorandum between the two countries.
Source: Athens News Agency