Greek Foreign Minister Stavros Lambrinidis proposed on Friday the island of Crete as a centre for collecting and dispatching humanitarian aid to Libya. The proposal was made during a one-day meeting of the Libya Contact Group here, which agreed the diplomatic boost for the Benghazi-based rebel council.
Speaking to Greek reporters at the end of the meeting, Lambrinidis said that the establishment of the new Libyan regime should not wait for the removal of Muammar Gaddafi, but should be promoted together with the processes of finding a solution to the Libyan crisis.
Referring to the humanitarian aid to the North African country, the Greek foreign minister said "the situation is desparate".
On the issue of offering humanitarian aid, he said, Greece "has played a leading role and I reiterated our will to have Crete functioning as a centre for both collecting and dispatching humanitarian aid to Libya."
On the country's transition to democracy, Lambrinidis noted the importance of not excluding anyone from this process.
"This includes personalities of the present regime in Tripoli, not Gaddafi himself," he said, and pointed to the possible danger of a particition of the country.
Lambrinidis also paid a visit to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartho-lomew. The Patriarch announced that the Greek minister had accepted an invitation to visit the island of Imvros.