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28 August, 2002
Visiting Deputy Prime Minister Federal Government of FR Yugoslavia Miroljub Labus on Tuesday had separate meetings with Prime Minister Costas Simitis and Foreign Minister George Papandreou.
The political and economic stability of Yugoslavia, the recent developments in Kosovo and the broader Balkan Peninsula, as well as the implementation of Athens' plan for Balkan reconstruction, with special emphasis on the reconstruction of the Belgrade-Thessaloniki road-axis represented the main discussion items at both meetings.
In post-meeting statements, Papandreou referred to the agreement recently signed with Serbia within the framework of the Greek plan for Balkan reconstruction, placing special emphasis on the reconstruction of the Belgrade-Thessaloniki road-axis 10, which is of great importance for boosting tourism and growth in the region.
The minister reiterated that during its EU presidency, Greece was going to promote Yugoslavia's European course and more specifically, the signature of a joining and stability agreement.
The Yugoslav official said that the Belgrade-Thessaloniki axis reconstruction should commence as soon as possible; with regard to the European future of his country, he expressed his desire for the completion of joining and stability negotiations during Greece's EU presidency.
Source: Athens News Agency