01 August, 2006
Greece's appeal for an immediate cessation of hostilities in the Middle East was reiterated on Monday morning by foreign minister Dora Bakoyannis, after a meeting with Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis during which they discussed the developments in the Middle East, ahead of Bakoyannis' departure for Brussels on Tuesday morning to take part in the EU Council of Ministers meeting.
"Greece calls for an immediate ceasefire," Bakoyannis stressed to reporters after her meeting with Karamanlis.
She said that the pictures from the war zone seen by the entire world on Sunday night "are unbearable", and stressed that no significant step could be made unless the killing of civilians was not halted.
Bakoyannis said the EU foreign ministers were due to discuss "all issues" at Tuesday's meeting, with emphasis on humanitarian aid to the strife-torn region.
She also expressed hope that a meeting of the UN Security Council would be called in order to send a message that the hostilities must stop.
Bakoyannis further appealed to Greek businesses and citizens to contribute to the collection of humanitarian aid at the foreign ministry, urging them to contact the ministry to be briefed on the supplies needed, so that the dispatch of the aid for the citizens of Lebanon could commence immediately.
Source: Athens News Agency