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Thessaloniki European Council (19-21/6/03) - Statements by Prime Minister Costas Simitis to journalists before the summit

C. Simitis - Press centre
At the European summit, the Greek Presidency wishes to highlight the work accomplished during its six-month term as well as “the beauty of our country”, the President of the European Council, Prime Minister Costas Simitis, said during a visit to the Press Centre.

Replying to a question on the threat of disturbances, Simitis noted that the Greek government has been cooperating with regard to infrastructures for parallel events and various discussion fora.

“We wish to hear the views of the movements,” said Simitis, who asked “why some people would want to cause disturbances and bring discredit to their country.”

Replying to another question on Turkey’s candidacy for EU membership, Simitis said that the European Union had formulated a road map for Turkey to which the neighbouring country must respond, maintaining good relations with its neighbours and contributing to the settlement of the Cyprus problem on the basis of the Annan plan.

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