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Athens News Agency: News in English, 05-11-17

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] FMto take part in SEECP troika visits in Kosovo
  • [02] Commissioner to attend avian flu forum in Athens

  • [01] FMto take part in SEECP troika visits in Kosovo

    Greek Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis will be one of the three foreign affairs ministers to visit Belgrade and Pristina to discuss the status of Kosovo, during an informal visit by the South Eastern European Cooperation Process (SEECP) 'troika', the Greek foreign ministry announced on Thursday.

    Foreign ministry spokesman George Koumoutsakos said that Molyviatis will be accompanied by his counterparts from Romania and Croatia and that the planned visits will most likely take place on December 6-7.

    The aim of the visits is to underline the interest of neighbouring Balkan countries in the crucial issue of Kosovo's status and for all sides to be fully briefed on the issue, as well as to underline the need for constant consultation and cooperation, the spokesman said.

    He stressed that preserving the stability of the region was the top priority and that a settlement for Kosovo must on no account lead to destabilisation for the region.

    The inviolability of borders and the achievement of stability were two principles that were completely connected and unwavering for Greek foreign policy, he added.

    [02] Commissioner to attend avian flu forum in Athens

    EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection Markos Kyprianou will be attending the conference on avian flu, organised by the Greek health ministry and aimed at boosting cooperation among countries in Southeast Europe and the Black Sea, a statement released in Brussels on Thursday said.

    Kyprianou hailed the ministry‚s initiative and noted that bird flu knows no boundaries. In recent weeks Southeast European countries have found themselves in the first line of defense and prevention against the disease, he added.

    The commissioner pointed out that while the disease affects only birds for the time being it is necessary for countries to prepare for the possibility of a pandemic. In closing, Kyprianou said that the conference will give governments the opportunity to strengthen regional cooperation and to exchange information and share best practices.

    Finally, he emphasised that the European Commission and EU member states will continue providing technical support and knowledge to countries in the region.

    The conference will be held in Athens on November 19-20 with the participation of health ministers from the countries of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) and the Black Sea Cooperation Organisation. Representatives from the World Health Organisation and the European Centre for Infectious Diseases will also be attending.


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