18 September, 2003
WASHINGTON 18/09/2003 (ANA)
Foreign Minister George Papandreou was honored here on Tuesday by the international group Parliamentarians for Global Action for his efforts at promoting global peace and democracy, during a ceremony at the Library of Congress that came on the sidelines of his contacts this week with top US administration and State Department officials.
Among others, Papandreou referred to his late father, Andreas, a three-time premier of Greece and his involvement in the nuclear disarmament iniciative of the six in the ‘80s, as well as to an ambitious International Olympic Committee (IOC) initiative, the Olympic Truce, which he is vigorously backing.
In other comments, the Greek FM also referred to the recent assassination of Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh, with Papandreou emphasizing the democratic and liberal spirit of the highly developed Scandinavian country where he lived in the 1970s for several years, during his family’s exile during the military dictatorship (1967-1974).
Finally, he pointed to the European Union’s role as a “successful endeavor for peace and democracy”, saying that countries such as Turkey and the Balkan states have a place in this Union.
Source: Athens News Agency