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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-07-30

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Foreign minister floats five-point plan for Lebanon

  • [01] Foreign minister floats five-point plan for Lebanon

    Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis on Sunday released a five-point proposal for Lebanon focusing on an immediate cease-fire and humanitarian aid, which Greece will put forward at international meetings on the war-torn country.

    "...(the situation) has deteriorated into a crisis of major importance. Now is the time for the UN Security Council to involve itself directly, and as soon as possible," Bakoyannis said in a statement to the Sunday Thema and Typos on Sunday newspapers.

    The Greek proposal is as follows:

  • An immediate cease-fire to halt human loss of life and allow time for diplomacy

  • Concerted action on humanitarian aid and its safe passage

  • Sovereignty for Lebanon's government throughout the country; release of Israeli soldiers; and disarmament of paramilitary groups in line with UN resolutions 1559 and 1680

  • Progress in the Palestinian issue by reactivating an earlier road map

  • Incorporation into the international community of countries in the region that are willing to help.

    Deputy Foreign Minister Theodoros Kassimis told the Vradyni on Sunday newspaper that the crisis in Lebanon demonstrated that Greece and Cyprus were a factor for peace and stability in southeastern Europe, as well as a source of humaneness.

    "Greece and Cyprus can play a major role in the region as they do not promote narrow national interests," Kassimis noted.

    Asked whether Greece would take part in a peace-keeping force in Lebanon, he said that this would have to be sought by decision of the UN; and Greek involvement would depend on the nature of any mandate given by the UN Security Council.


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