18 November, 2004
LUXEMBOURG 18/11/2004 (ANA / D. Konstantakopoulos)
The European Council's conclusions regarding Turkey's EU accession dominated the discussions Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis had with his Dutch counterpart Bernhard Bot and with Jean Asselborn, Luxembourg's Foreign Minister on Wednesday at The Hague and in Luxembourg. On Tuesday, Molyviatis had met with French counterpart Michel Barnier.
Molyviatis reiterated that Athens supports Turkey's European prospects, but emphasized that whether they materialize or not depends on Turkey.
According to news sources, the emphasis during Molyviatis' discussions was placed on the Council's statements in December, which deal with Greek-Turkish relations. According to certain sources, Athens is reviewing various alternative "scenarios" regarding statements to be made in December, taking into consideration Europe's attitude towards Turkey and the latter's behavior.
Molyviatis also discussed the name issue regarding the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia with Barnier, Bot and Asselborn and was reassured that all three support the European position, which is a solution that is acceptable to Athens and Skopje.
Source: Athens News Agency