24 January, 2006
Foreign Ministry Spokesman George Koumoutsakos on Monday expressed his condolences for the death of Kosovo's president, Ibrahim Rugova.
Koumoutsakos expressed the hope that "this sad event does not have a negative impact to the cool-headedness and the moderation required for the in progress process for the determination of the future status of Kosovo."
Rugova died of lung cancer on Saturday aged 61, shortly before talks that Kosovo Albanians hoped would secure the independence championed by the late leader.
PASOK: Main opposition Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) leader George Papandreou on Monday sent a telegram of condolences to Kosovo Parliament Speaker Nexhat Daci over the death of Kosovo's president, Ibrahim Rugova.
In his telegram, Papandreou said:"With particular sadness I was informed of the death of President Ibrahim Rugova. Ibrahim Rugova was a person deeply dedicated to the principles of non violence and a voice of unity in moments of clashes, a person who continuously tried to promote his objectives through political dialogue. With President Rugova, Kosovo lost a historic leader. I convey my deepest condolences to his family and to the people of Kosovo."
Rugova died of lung cancer on Saturday at the age of 61.
Source: Athens News Agency