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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-07-23

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

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  • [01] The government will now proceed with the finalization of the agreement, State Min Pappas says
  • [02] National Council on Foreign Policy holds meeting focusing on the Balkans

  • [01] The government will now proceed with the finalization of the agreement, State Min Pappas says

    "The government will now proceed with the finalization of the agreement; we have completed the part of the prior actions," State Minister Nikos Pappas said early Thursday after the voting procedure in Parliament.

    "Unfortunately," he added, "a rift has been confirmed, but we first have to complete the agreement procedures and then see our party issues, as provided."

    [02] National Council on Foreign Policy holds meeting focusing on the Balkans

    ANA-MPA -- "Greece is returning to the Balkans," Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said on Wednesday, in statements after briefing a meeting of the National Council on Foreign Policy about the results of his tour in seven southeastern European countries. Kotzias said that he had briefed the parties on the meetings and agreements he had during his trip to seven of the eight Balkan countries, adding that the country's policy in the area has two elements. "The one element is to support our cooperation with each country and its course towards the European Union. The second is to again find a way to create an internal Balkan space, for the Balkan periphery to be remade – a development that will facilitate the future place of all of these states in the European Union itself," he said. The minister said the meeting had discussed Greece's policy on FYROM, Albania and Kosovo, and also on Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro. "I also briefed them on our good strategic relations with Bulgaria. I think it became clear to everyone during the discussion that we are continuing a policy on Kosovo that was decided on in the past, that is based on the 2012 agreement on the creation of an Office in Greece; that is, an agreement that is not – as was incorrectly said – our choice. It is a policy that continues the support of the European courses of these countries; a policy decided upon in Thessaloniki, in 2003, and in the years from 2010-2013, with the Association Agreements most of these countries concluded with the European Union," Kotzias stated. The discussion also highlighted the fact that Greece, despite its weaknesses in the economic sector, remains the country with the greatest potential in the Balkans; the country that has the cultural, political and historical capability, the expertise and experience from the European Union, to contribute to a better tomorrow for all of the Balkan states, he added The meeting was attended by representatives of the ruling SYRIZA-ANEL coalition, main opposition New Democracy, as well as the opposition parties Potami, PASOK and Golden Dawn.
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