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14 October, 1998
Government spokesman Dimitris Reppas yesterday welcomed the agreement for the pacification of Yugoslavia's Kosovo province, reached by Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic and US presidential envoy Richard Holbrooke in the early morning hours Tuesday.
"With a sense of relief, which, as seen by the statement issued at the end of the Antalya summit, is shared by all the countries of the region, Greece hails the agreement reached by Messrs. Holbrooke and Milosevic for ending the crisis in Kosovo. In this framework, it calls on the Kosovar leadership under Mr. (Ibrahim) Rugova to proceed to the process of peace-making, and on UCK to now show the courage required by peace," he said in a statement.
"Greece congratulates the architects of the agreement, President Milosevic and Mr. Holbrooke. It draws, however, attention to how near the danger of the conflagration grew and how all margins for negotiation had to be exhausted," he continued.
"The Greek side will make all efforts for the peace process to succeed. As in the past, Greece will participate with men and means in the organs that will be set up, particularly in the "Compliance Verifying Mission" of the OSCE, which constitutes the catalytic expression of Prime Minister Costas Simitis' initiative last June.
"Greece believes in the favorable outcome of this process, which also constitutes an indisputable vindication of its Balkan policy, and calls on its friends and partners in Europe and the neighboring region to join forces in this great task," Mr. Reppas concluded.
Greece had long insisted on the need for a political solution to the crisis and the exhaustion of all diplomatic means for a settlement, stressing that it would not veto any NATO intervention, but would not provide any troops or planes in operations either.
Source: Athens News Agency