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08 September, 2000
Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou lodged a strong demarche with his Yugoslav counterpart Zivadin Jovanovic after police arrested three members of the Yugoslav student organization "OTPOP" (Resistance) outside the Greek ambassador's home in Belgrade on Thursday night.
Papandreou made it clear that relations between the two countries will be strained if the persons arrested were not released immediately.
At the time of the arrests, the Greek ambassador was giving a farewell reception attended by Papandreou, Jovanovic and representatives of Serbia's political groups.
The members of the OTPOR organization, the most dynamic part of the Serbian opposition lately, had been invited to the reception by the Greek ambassador and intended to hold talks with Papandreou on the occasion.
Spokesman on foreign minister's Balkan tour, arrest warrant for Milosevic:
Acting government spokesman Telemachos Hytiris on Thursday avoided commenting on a delay by Yugoslav authorities in granting the aircraft transporting Foreign Minister George Papandreou to Belgrade permission to land.
Papandreou's Balkan tour, Hytiris added, demonstrates Greece's prestige in the Balkan region. "Greece wants development, peace and cooperation and the upholding of democratic processes in all the neighboring countries," he said.
Asked about a warrant for the arrest of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic issued by Interpol, the spokesman noted that Greece would always respect its international obligations but added that there were no plans for a visit by Milosevic to Greece.
Source: Athens News Agency