Read the King-Crane Commission Report of Mandates in Turkey (1919) A)? GHT="50">
Compact version
Today's Suggestion
Read The "Macedonian Question" (by Maria Nystazopoulou-Pelekidou)
HomeAbout HR-NetNewsWeb SitesDocumentsOnline HelpUsage InformationContact us
Saturday, 15 June 2019
 
News
  Latest News (All)
     From Greece
     From Cyprus
     From Europe
     From Balkans
     From Turkey
     From USA
  Announcements
  World Press
  News Archives
Web Sites
  Hosted
  Mirrored
  Interesting Nodes
Documents
  Special Topics
  Treaties, Conventions
  Constitutions
  U.S. Agencies
  Cyprus Problem
  Other
Services
  Personal NewsPaper
  Greek Fonts
  Tools
  F.A.Q.
 

Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-11-28

Athens News Agency: News in English Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Bakoyannis sees 'real possibility' for Mideast
  • [02] Journalists strike over planned fund merger

  • [01] Bakoyannis sees 'real possibility' for Mideast

    During her address at the Annapolis Middle East peace conference on Tuesday, Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis said that the current effort underway for the Middle East crisis gave her a sense that a solution was a "real possibility".

    "The level of consensus and the political capital created are unprecedented. The energy, drive and commitment of [U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza] Rice and her team, along with the pragmatic, constructive and responsible approach of [Israeli Prime Minister Ehud] Olmert and [Palestinian President Mahmoud] Abbas; and the positive engagement of our Arab friends have made this meeting possible," she said.

    Bakoyannis added, however, that actually following through to bring peace to the holy land required matching "our words with our deeds". She stressed the need for "concrete, meaningful and visible steps" on both sides, and to maintain momentum with realistic targets, while noting that the "test will come on the day after".

    "In this respect, a robust follow-up will be extremely important and the involvement of the international community, particularly of the European Union, catalytic," she emphasised, while highlighting the upcoming Paris Donors' Conference.

    The Greek foreign minister also called for progress on the ground and a normalisation of the everyday lives of ordinary Palestinians, saying that this would strike a blow against the "forces of radicalisation and extremism that feed on fear and insecurity".

    Noting the strong, historic bonds of friendship and understanding between Greece and the peoples of the region, she said Greece was actively engaged in the quest for a comprehensive peace and "more than ready to do its part".

    She also announced that Greece was launching a "Next Generation Initiative" hosting civil society meetings in Greece with the explicit goal of boosting the Middle East peace process.

    According to Bakoyannis, the Annapolis conference was "a precious window of opportunity" in which to address the legitimate concerns and aspirations of both Israelis and Palestinians in a systematic and timely manner.

    "The parties concerned should not be daunted by the challenge. Political realities being what they are, we must counter the partisan rhetoric of fear with the politics of hope. It is up to us - around this table - to make this moment a significant step towards a lasting, comprehensive and just peace," she concluded.

    [02] Journalists strike over planned fund merger


    Athens News Agency: News in English Directory - Previous Article - Next Article
    Back to Top
    Copyright 1995-2016 HR-Net (Hellenic Resources Network). An HRI Project.
    All Rights Reserved.

    HTML by the HR-Net Group / Hellenic Resources Institute, Inc.
    ana2html v2.01 run on Wednesday, 28 November 2007 - 13:30:43 UTC