08 March, 2006
Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis, addressing a ministerial council meeting on Tuesday, said that "Greece, with consistency and continuity in its foreign policy, is promoting stability, peace, development and cooperation between peoples and countries."
She added that "with the policy the government has been applying over the past two years, it has succeeded in strengthening its position in European developments and in having a respectable role and say in the international environment."
Bakoyannis stressed that the foreign policy of the country and the government has clear priorities and pursuits, which are defending and promoting the political and economic interests of the country and its international position in an environment of stability and peace in our region, as well as farther away.
She said that the foundations of policy are substantive and active participation in the European Union which, in any case, constitutes the nucleus of the activities of Greek foreign policy. The foreign minister said that the future course of the EU, which might be appearing to be uncertain today, is one of the major challenges of the coming period for all.
"Our participation with substantive initiatives in the shaping of the new common European prospect, the promotion of political deepening, the strengthening of the political organization of unified Europe is a priority of our policy. The future of Europe is not a case of bureaucratic arrangements and balances. It is a case of the peoples of the European Union," she said.
Bakoyannis also referred to the issue of Cyprus, saying that "we are providing support and contribution to efforts aimed at the well-prepared, without tight timetables and arbitration, resumption of the process to solve the issue of Cyprus, always with mutual understanding and cooperation with the government of Cyprus."
Source: Athens News Agency