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26 November, 2002
Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannis Magriotis continued his visit here over the weekend by addressing a session of the World Council of Overseas Hellenes (SAE) regional conference, where he emphasized that expatriate Greeks unity is a primary element for our effectiveness.
Magriotis also said SAEs solidarity and support is necessary to determine a strategy for the now timely Cyprus issue, stressing that such support will assist Cyprus EU accession, something he said is a given during the upcoming Copenhagen summit.
Additionally, he called on the expatriate Greek organization to support Greece during Athens six-month rotating EU presidency in the first half of 2003.
Finally, he told SAE delegates that the United Nations and other international bodies must point out the responsibilities shouldered by the Turkish Cypriot side, as well as Ankara, over what he called their delay in answering whether they consider the recently tabled Annan peace plan for Cyprus as a basis for negotiations.
Source: Athens News Agency