30 May, 2007
The 14th Mediterranean Forum Ministerial Meeting will take place in Rethymno, Crete on June 1-2 and focus on the crucial developments in the Middle East and the prospects of the peace process, foreign ministry spokesman George Koumoutsakos announced on Tuesday.
Greece is to be represented by Foreign Minister Dora Bako-yannis and Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannis Valinakis, who will present specific proposals for creating an energy community between Mediterranean countries, the spokesman added.
Asked whether the Greek initiative will be on the same scale as the efforts to create an energy market in Southeastern Europe, the spokesman said the outcome of the discussion could not be judged in advance.
"We consider it positive that such a discussion should begin on the level of the EuroMediterranean area also," he said.
Taking part in the Mediterranean Forum ministerial are the foreign ministers of the 11 founder-members, which include Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Malta, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia.
Greece also intends to highlight and put forward specific proposals on the issue of migration, which it considers a crucial issue requiring broader cooperation, Koumoutsakos said.
Source: Athens News Agency