The situation in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa and developments in the Palestinian issue were the focus of the European Union Foreign ministers' session in Luxembourg on Monday, at which Greece was represented by Foreign Minister Stavros Lambrinidis.

The Greek Foreign minister stressed the need for the EU's active presence to fill the power vacuum that is being ascertained due to the fluidity prevailing. Lambrinidis also said that the EU should play this role, presenting an integrated development and political cooperation plan with the countries in the region.

"No one can know the incentives and the intentions of the rest of the players who are active in the region," he said, adding that "no one can guarantee for us that these incentives coincide with the positive vision of the European Union for our Southern Neighbourhood."

The Greek Foreign minister will begin a tour of the region on Wednesday with scheduled visits to Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon.