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19 January, 1999
Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannos Kranidiotis yesterday chaired the first session of an advisory committee on human rights issues created at the foreign ministry, composed of non-governmental organizations active in the sector of human rights protection.
Mr. Kranidiotis set out Greek policy in the sector of human rights protection, stressing that the government intends to promote it to one of Greek foreign policy's basic parameters. He called on the representatives of humanitarian non-governmental organizations to widen initiatives and interventions in Greece and abroad and to strengthen their cooperation with corresponding organizations from other countries.
Mr. Kranidiotis also requested from the non-governmental organizations to cooperate with the Foreign Ministry for the improvement of the situation of human rights protection in Greece and to enable a sustained policy to be promoted in the country's international relations in this sector.
Source: Athens News Agency