In the meeting held earlier in the day at the foreign ministry building, Amb. Zepos briefed the diplomats on the historical background of the case, underlining that the Greek government’s decisions were reached taking under consideration the safety of the participants and avoiding tensions that could affect stability in the wider region at a critical time. It was also stressed that a relevant request from the UN Secretary General was also taken into account.
Zepos mentioned the contacts to this end between PM Papandreou and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, and between Foreign Minister Stavros Lambrinidis and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, both expressing support to the Greek initiative.
The Greek officials repeated Athens' positions on the Middle East issue and the Palestinian question, reaffirming that the Greek side supports a just and viable solution for the Palestinians and the creation of a Palestinian state that will co-exist with Israel in conditions of peace and security.