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13 May, 1999
Prime Minister Costas Simitis yesterday called for an end to the war in Yugoslavia, saying that a continuation of the NATO campaign could lead to failure in the search for a solution.
The Prime Minister added that Greece had first opposed blind bombing and insisted on a political solution from the start. He revealed that in a telephone conversation with British counterpart Tony Blair yesterday afternoon he stressed Greece's wish for the peace process to make headway so that the war would come to an end. He distanced himself from the policy of other European countries, while also stressing that the existence of a sole superpower could not secure global stability.
"Europe, while showing it can be an economic giant, also exhibited great political weakness in the Kosovo crisis, where it lost the initiative...
"Greece wishes a politically united Europe, which can provide the only long-term guarantee for a safer and more balanced system of international stability...
Source: Athens News Agency