Greek PM calls for compromise in Kosovo

Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis says that his country has always favored an agreement on the Kosovo issue over a policy of fait accompli.

Source: Tanjug

Karamanlis said that any decisions Greek made in future would be based on a detailed and overall analysis of the situation, media in Greece reported on Wednesday.

The Greek prime minister met in Moscow on Tuesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who said after talks that the positions of the two countries on the situation in the Balkans and Kosovo were very similar.

“We advocate strict adherence to the principles and provisions of international law, the observance of international interests and resolution of all issues through negotiations,” Putin underlined.

Karamanlis was in Moscow for the signing of a Russo-Greek inter-governmental cooperation agreement concerning the construction and exploitation of the Greek artery of the Southern Stream pipeline, a joint project between Russian Gazprom and Italian ENI.

He said afterwards that Southern Stream was one of the most significant projects for the countries of southern and central Europe, and part of the strategy for investment into sources of natural gas, adding that the pipeline was of vital importance to the Greek energy market.

Commenting on talks with Macedonia in the ’name’ dispute, the Greek prime minister said that the dispute was neither “philosophical nor sentimental.“

“It’s an exclusively political problem, and that unsolved question deals a blow to good neighborly relations and stability in the wider Balkan region,“ underlined Karamanlis, adding that Greece advocated a compromise solution.


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