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20 April, 2002
The Greek foreign ministry on Friday announced that Foreign Minister George Papandreou and his Turkish counterpart Ismail Cem intend to visit Israel and the Palestinian territories next week, if circumstances allow.
In a press release, Spokesman Panos Beglitis said the joint initiative by the Greek and Turkish FMs aims at contributing to efforts for a ''lifting of the impasse'' in the region and at jump-starting the Mideast peace process.
Meanwhile, a Turkish foreign ministry spokes-man also announced the joint initiative of the Greek and Turkish foreign ministers.
''Mr. Cem and his Greek counterpart Mr. George Papandreou, if nothing unforeseen happens, will go to the Middle East next week, to contribute to the international efforts toward peace,'' the spokesman said, according to an ANA dispatch from Istanbul.
The visit of the ministers was scheduled for last week, but it was postponed in light of U.S. Secretary of State Collin Powell's visit there, according to the Anadolu agency.
Source: Athens News Agency