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28 February, 2002
Addressing ruling PASOK's Executive Bureau on Wednesday, Prime Minister Costas Simitis emphasized the importance of the government's goals on foreign policy issues, saying that conditions were ripe for solutions that would usher in a new period of peace and prosperity in the region.
During the meeting, he also stressed that he intended to stay on and "fight the good fight" in order to make sure that the government's goals were carried out.
Summarizing, Simitis said the government's four main goals were to achieve true economic and social convergence, find answers to long-standing foreign policy problems, ensure that Greece hosted a successful Olympiad in 2004 and to lay the groundwork for Greece's future position in Europe.
In statements to reporters afterwards, the prime minister said the conditions were ripe for an answer on foreign policy issues that would allow peace to prevail in the region, such as Cyprus' European Union accession, a solution to the Cyprus problem, Greek relations with Turkey on the basis of the Helsinki Summit decisions, international law and territorial rights, so that future generations could live without the burdens of the generations preceding them.
"The vision for a time of peace and prosperity is equally important to the economic targets we had previously set, (joining the eurozone)" Simitis stressed.
Source: Athens News Agency