02 September, 2003
The Greek government condemned the terrorist bomb attack outside a mosque in Najaf, Iraq, and expressed its condolences to the families of the victims, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Monday.
Replying to questions, spokesman Panos Beglitis ruled out Greece's participation in a military force in Iraq but said this did not mean that Greece would not participate in reconstruction efforts in that country.
Beglitis said that Foreign Minister George Papandreou would brief the Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee on the issue.
Moving on to another issue, the spokesman announced that the foreign minister was due to travel to Riva del Garda in Italy on Friday to attend the European Union Informal General Affairs and External Relations Council meeting on 5 and 6 September.
Asked about the upcoming conference of EU small and medium-sized states in Prague, Beglitis expressed opposition to ''groupings'' and said Greece would be represented at the meeting through foreign ministry general secretary Elias Plaskovitis.
Finally, Beglitis announced that the 13th round of exploratory talks between Greece and Turkey will take place in Ankara on Tuesday.
Source: Athens News Agency