FM Droutsas holds talks with British counterpart

The Foreign Ministers of Greece and Britain Dimitris Droutsas and William Haig held talks at the Foreign Office on Wednesday, focusing on the rapid and historic developments in the Middle East, the issue of Cyprus and Greek-Turkish relations.

Great priority was placed on the developments in the Middle East and the Greek minister pointed out to his British counterpart that Greece, with the great tradition of the country in which Democracy was born, is able and willing to help the international efforts in the direction of the democratisation of the countries of the Middle East.

Droutsas told the British Foreign secretary that Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou has the idea, and will promote it as an initiative, for the creation in Greece of a "Democracy Centre", that will help the development of democracy in the Middle East and its operational programme will include the training and education of young politicians from the countries of the Middle East.

In the discussion on Greek-Turkish relations, Droutsas mentioned to Haig Turkey's latest provocations, stressing that these actions cause great harm to Greece's efforts to establish good relations and a good climate with the neighbouring country.

On Thursday, Droutsas will be holding talks with British Deputy Foreign Minister David Leadington, responsible for the issues of southeastern Europe and NATO.

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