11 March, 2005
Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, speaking after the international conference on terrorism held here on Thursday, said terrorism cannot be tolerated.
"The message we are sending unanimously and in every direction is that we cannot tolerate terrorism. No cause can justify such crimes. Human life and the security of our citizens is a paramount priority and we shall cooperate on an international level to safeguard it," he said.
Karamanlis said proposals were made on the combatting of terrorism by the international community, in the framework of international legality and respect for human rights, adding that the contribution of democracy in this direction was also probed.
The prime minister also referred to his meetings with his Spanish, Polish and Romanian counterparts.
Talks with the Spanish prime minister focused on stable and close cooperation between the two countries on issues of mutual interest to the countries of the EU's south, while it was also agreed that consultations to promote these issues must be extended.
Views were also exchanged with the Spanish and Polish prime ministers on the EU's fiscal prospects (the 4th Community Support Framework), the Lisbon strategy and enlargement.
Bilateral relations were discussed with the Romanian prime minister as well as this Balkan nation's accession to the EU, which Greece supports, as well as the situation prevailing in the area.
Karamanlis also said he had the opportunity of talks with many leaders. He was to attend an official dinner on Thursday night and will be leaving for Athens on Friday morning.
Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannis Valynakis will leave Madrid for New York at noon where he will be meeting the UN's special negotiator for the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) Matthew Nimetz on Saturday.
Source: Athens News Agency