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12 October, 1999
The Foreign Ministers of European Union member-states convened here yesterday and called for support towards Greece to tackle the repercussions emanating from the devastating Sept. 7 earthquake.
In a statement, the "15" called on the European Commission to study the granting of EU aid to Greece as soon as possible and in cooperation with Greek authorities to have the consequences of the recent earthquake dealt with. The statement comes as a continuation of a similar statement by the ECOFIN Council.
Foreign Minister George Papandreou and Alternate Foreign Minister Christos Rokofyllos said they were satisfied with this statement and expressed a conviction that the Commission will undertake the necessary initiatives.
Mr. Papandreou also had the opportunity to meet Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy, who attended the Luxembourg Council yesterday, and discuss issues of bilateral concern with him, including improved economic ties and cultural relations, as well as Greece's initiative for the development of multipartite cooperation between Greece, Turkey, Jordan and Egypt.
Likewise, Mr. Papandreou met yesterday with Luxembourg Foreign Minister Polver and Denmark's Nils Helveg Petersen.
Despite the fact that no official statement was made on these meetings, well-informed sources said EU enlargement issues were discussed, including relations between the EU and Turkey, where Greece's positions and those of these countries appear to be relatively close.
Source: Athens News Agency