Greek foreign minister visits Copenhagen

Greece's Foreign Minister Stavros Lambrinidis arrived in the Danish capital Copenhagen on Wednesday in order to discuss the European debt crisis and brief the Danish government on the reform efforts underway in Greece. Denmark is due to take over the rotating EU presidency in the first half of 2012, before Cyprus.
Lambrinidis, who had flown in after a visit to Oslo, met Danish Foreign Minister Lene Espersen and MPs on the Danish Parliament's European affairs and foreign policy committees.
He also held a press conference for the Danish media, with most questions focusing on the problems of the Greek economy and the debt crisis in Europe, during which he emphasised the major reforms being carried out in Greece.
Lambrinidis said that the EU summit decisions of July 21 were very significant since they gave Greece the necessary "breathing space" in which to carry out these reforms and would also help contain the spread of the debt crisis in the Eurozone and the EU.
"Before July 21 there was a sense that the debt was bottomless and Greeks felt that they were making pointless sacrifices...All this changed on July 21," he said.
Lambrinidis and Espersen also discussed regional affairs, the situation in Syria and agreed that in Libya the efforts under the United Nations for a political solution must be decisively promoted.
The people of the region had to find their path toward democracy, Lambrinidis said, appearing confident that democracy would finally prevail.

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