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14 February, 2000
Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou said on Saturday that Greece would ask for a lifting of a European Union ban on air links with Yugoslavia.
"What we would like to see is to make sure that the sanctions do not affect the actual average citizen of Serbia," Papandreou told Reuters Television, speaking at the sidelines of the third inter-Balkan conference of heads of state or government.
"There are some proposals we will be bringing to the (EU's) General Affairs Council on Monday, hopefully, such as lifting the flight ban," he said, without elaborating.
Papandreou said Greece wanted to send a signal to ordinary people in Serbia that the international community was not seeking to hurt them, but to encourage democratic reform.
"We very much support the process in Yugoslavia for democratization," he said. "Greece will be taking a number of initiatives in trying to see how it can bring in Serbia into this process in a more constructive way," he said.
Source: Athens News Agency