Politics: PM chairs meeting on developments in Libya

Prime Minister George Papandreou on Friday chaired a meeting on develop-ments in Libya.

The meeting was held at the Maximos Mansion with the participation of Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas, the Defence and Alternate Defence Ministers Evangelos Venizelos and Panos Beglitis, National Defence General Staff chief Ioannis Yiangos and Foreign Ministry secretary general Ioannis Zeppos.

All parameters of the issue were examined during the meeting and, according to reports, Greece is pursuing a peaceful solution, respecting absolutely international legality and the resolutions of the UN Security Council, 1970 of February 26 and 1973 of March 17, while in parallel Greece also respects its alliance obligations.

According always to reports, Greece will not participate in military operations, however it is possible that will undertake a role on humanitarian aid issues and control of the implementation of the weapons embargo.

Consultations at NATO will be conluded at noon on Saturday while following the meeting at the Maximos Mansion.

PM has telephone communications with Turkish, Libyan counterparts

Prime Minister George Papandreou held a telephone conversation on Friday, at his own initiative, with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during which they discussed the developments on the issue of Libya.

On the occasion of this communication, Papandreou, due to the developments in Japan, had the possibility, even for a short while, to reiterate to Erdogan Greece's positions on the issue of nuclear energy and Greece's opposition to its use.

The prime minister also communicated by phone with the prime minuister of Libya Al-Baghdadi Ali Al-Mahmoudi, to whom he stressed the need for the immediate implementation of the Security Council's resolution, and in particular the demand of all for an end to violence and for there to be a smooth exit from the crisis.

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