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15 January, 2003
Upon arrival to Belgrade on Tuesday afternoon for a series of meetings with the political leaderships of Serbia and Montenegro, Greeces Foreign Minister George Papandreou commented on the pro-European accession demonstrations staged on the northern occupied part of Cyprus by thousands of Turkish-Cypriots.
Such demonstrations are particularly moving, they are a message to everyone, a message of democracy and peace to overcome the stereotypes, Papandreou said, adding that it is also a European message that peoples can live together. All the leaderships should respond to that, we should do our best to achieve a resolution (to the Cyprus issue) within the next few weeks, months.
Referring to the Middle East issue and a teleconference taking place in London, which Papandreou is to attend together with Dr. Javier Solana, EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, the Greek Foreign Minister, in his capacity as chairman of the EU Ministers Council, said that the EU will continue its efforts for peace in the region of the Mid East. He added that the EU approved of the London initiative and Palestinian Authoritys reform efforts. He added however that Israels rationale not to allow Palestinians to travel to London to attend the conference is unproductive.
Source: Athens News Agency