06 June, 2006
Public Order Minister Vyron Polydoras, speaking here on Monday at the 1st Conference for the Development and Cooperation of the Black Sea, which was held at the initiative of the Romanian government, unfolded "the vision for the Black Sea region to become a region rich in natural and human resources, a zone of security, stability and prosperity."
He noted that "a useful tool for the implementation of this vision constitutes the European Union's policy, which aims at bringing closer this region (the Black Sea) with the European Union."
Having hailed the efforts for the consolidation of cooperation in the Black Sea, Polydoras gave particular emphasis to the need of safeguarding the environment and strengthening efforts for development and cultural interaction on three main levels, prosperity, social welfare and democracy and human rights.
"The environment, along with security, the combating of human trafficking, the development of economic sectors such as energy, trade, tourism and health are among the qualitative priorities which Greece aims at promoting, the only country of the region which participates both in the European Union and the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) Organization, as well as in NATO," Polydoras said.
According to the Romanian news agency Rompres, the joint declaration of the 1st Conference for Cooperation and Dialogue in the Black Sea expressed the need for the cooperation of the Black Sea countries aimed at maintaining peace and stability in the region and the confrontation of new challenges.
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, Romania, Ukraine, Greece, Bulgaria and Turkey signed the declaration, which underlines that the Black Sea countries must follow a new strategy for the confrontation of challenges, such as terrorism, pollution of the environment, organized crime, illegal trade, human trafficking and possible territorial differences.
Source: Athens News Agency