20 March, 2003
"I express my deep regret that it was not possible to find a peaceful solution to the Iraq problem". I can only hope that the hostilities end quickly so that loss of human life is kept to a minimum, particularly among the civilian population. The Greek Presidency will do its duty, as it did at the recent extraordinary European Council. We shall again endeavour to express the will of the peoples of Europe for a common course characterized by peace and progress. This evening we shall exchange views.
Despite the differences of opinion and difficulties, the Greek Presidency will strive to achieve common positions. Positions which will allow Europe to have a voice and intervene in further developments"