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04 October, 2000
The Greek government said on Tuesday it was "watching with great concern" the violent incidents, which have broken out in Jerusalem, warning that the possible continuation of violence "might reintroduce the religious dimension" at the center of developments.
Foreign Minister George Papandreou discussed the volatile situation in Jerusalem and territory of the Palestinian Authority in talks he had on Tuesday with Palestinian Ambassador Abdallah Abdallah and the ambassadors of Jordan Ahmad al Hasan, Morocco Nuredin Sefiani and Tunisia Ali Husani.
The meeting was held at the Arab ambassadors' request.
An announcement by the Foreign Ministry said "the Greek government is watching with great concern the violent incidents which have broken out between Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli security forces and have cost the lives of scores of people. We express our sorrow over the loss of so many people and the injuring of thousands. Continuation of violence might reintroduce the religious dimension at the center of developments after some time, as well as our sincere sympathy to their families."
"We call on the two sides to show calm, avoiding provocative or unfortunate acts, such as the visit by Mr. Ariel Sharon to the region of the Moslem Shrines. The sole path leading to peace is that of negotiations and understanding and today, more than ever, it is necessary for it to be followed by all sides.
"The Greek government is ready to undertake, in the framework of the European Union, every possible initiative to enable the political role of Europe to be strengthened at this crucial phase of the peace process."
Source: Athens News Agency