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29 August, 2002
European Union enlargement is not exhausted in Copenhagen with the accession of ten new member-states, Foreign Minister George Papandreou said in a telephone communication with his Turkish, Romanian and Bulgarian counterparts, Sukru Sina Gurel, Mircea Dan Geoana and Solomon Passy, respectively.
Papandreou initiated the discussions with his counterparts from those countries that are not under immediate accession in view of the informal foreign ministers meeting at Elsinor, Denmark, on Friday, where the EU enlargement is part of the agenda.
During the conversation with his Bulgarian and Romanian counterparts, the Greek foreign minister emphasized that a schedule for their EU accession should be determined at the Copenhagen Summit in December, sources said.
During the conversation with his Turkish counterpart, Papandreou noted that Greece was not contrary to Ankara's request to be given a date for the commencement of accession negotiations, provided that the community preconditions already set by the association relationship and the summit meetings are adhered until then.
Source: Athens News Agency