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Athens News Agency: News in English, 12-02-27

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

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  • [01] FM on situation in Syria, Belgrade-Pristina dialogue

  • [01] FM on situation in Syria, Belgrade-Pristina dialogue

    BRUSSELS (AMNA) -- Developments in strife-torn Syria in the wake of a "Friends of the Syrian People" meeting in Tunis, the political situation in Egypt, as well as recent progress in Belgrade-Pristina talks, continued conflicts in the south Caucasus and prospects for direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians were the main subjects discussed at Monday's EU General Affairs Council, where Greece was represented by FM Stavros Dimas.

    In reference to Syria, Dimas emphasised the need for an immediate ceasefire and protection of non-combatants, along with commencing a process to stabilise the country.amna

    He also said Athens supports efforts by the Arab League and considers cooperation by all international forces necessary to deal with the crisis, expressing a hope that the UN Security Council will continue relevant initiatives to achieve consensus towards managing the crisis. Dimas said Greece is ready to continue to participate in diplomatic initiatives towards defusing the crisis.amna

    Furthermore, Dimas praised the recent agreement between Belgrade and Pristina, noting the need to strengthen the European prospects of the entire region.

    The Greek FM said that Athens accepts Kosovo's membership in the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), while clarifying that the Greek government's stance vis-a-vis Kosovo's declaration of independence remains unchanged.amna

    On the sidelines of the meeting, Dimas met with his Estonian counterpart Urmas Paet, as the two sides signed a MoC boosted political and institutional ties on several levels.


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