FM Lambrinidis holds talks with Kosovo PM

Greek Foreign Minister Stavros Lambrinidis held talks here on Thursday with the Prime Minister of Kosovo Hasim Thaci, focusing on the deepening of cooperation between Greece and Kosovo, Greece's readiness to contribute to dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina on the smoothing out of their relations, the region's European prospect, that includes Kosovo, and the Greek "Agenda 2014."
The prospects of the deregulation of the entry visa status for Kosovo and the activation of Greek businesses in the region were also examined.
Reffering to the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, Lambrinidis expressed the conviction that "viable solutions can only be the product of dialogue and diplomacy."
On the question of the possible recognition of Kosovo by Greece, Lambrinidis said that Greece's position is known, stressing that Greece is a friend and neighbour of Kosovo and supports its European prospect, as well as of the entire region.
On his part, Thaci stressed that Kosovo recognises the substantive role of Greece and of Prime Miunister George Papandreou for the strengthening of the Euroatlantic prospect of the Western Balkans and of Kosovo, as well as the efforts for the lifting of the entry visa status for all the countries in the region.
The Greek Foreign minister also said that Greece supports Albania's European prospect, it wants this country to proceed towards the European Union, but carrying out the necessary reforms and implementing the framework that the EU desires.
Lambrinidis also said that following a proposal of his at the EU's general affairs council in June, "a visit to Tirana will be taking place on Monday by a EU delegation and specifically of the Foreign ministers of Greece and Italy and representatives of the Committee of the Council to convey the message on the need of Albania's progress towards the EU" since the political tension of the past months in this country had led in essence to the reforms becoming inert.
The Foreign minister also visited the Orthodox monastery of Gracanica, where he had a meeting with the bishop of Raska and Prizreni Theodosios.
Lastly, Lambrinidis met the commander of the Greek Force in Kosovo, colonel Ioannis Tsonos.

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