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19 April, 2000
Greece's National defense minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos and visiting Israeli regional cooperation minister Shimon Peres on Tuesday discussed bilateral relations and Turkish-Israeli relations.
Peres, a former Israeli Prime Minister and Nobel peace laureate, arrived in Athens on Monday on a three-day visit to participate in a round-table discussion on "Reconstruction, Development and Security in SE Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean".
Tsohatzopoulos said after the meeting that Greece's and Cyprus' further cooperation with Israel, in the framework of the European Union and the countries of the eastern Mediterranean would contribute to stabilization of the region.
The defense minister also met Monday with the EU's coordinator for the SE Europe Stabilization Pact, Bodo Hombach, with whom he exchanged views on the course of materialization of the Pact and on the situation in the troubled Yugoslav province of Kosovo.
Tsohatzopoulos and Hombach agreed that the developments in Kosovo could realistically be handled, but Tsohatzopoulos added, "time and consistent implementation of the policy we are following is necessary".
Source: Athens News Agency