Athens, Belgrade sign accord

BELGRADE (AFP) – Greek President Costis Stephanopoulos signed accords on transport and energy with the government of Serbia and Montenegro at the end of a visit to Belgrade on yesterday, officials said. It was the first visit to Belgrade by a Greek president in 23 years. The accords concern plans for a Belgrade-Athens motorway, Greek aid for power lines in southern Serbia and hospitals in Montenegro. Greece has offered aid worth 238 million euros ($276.1 million) for the reconstruction of Serbia and Montenegro, the loose federation which replaced Yugoslavia earlier this year. Stephanopoulos said his meetings with top officials here over the past two days had been «extremely good» and he was confident that the country would eventually join Greece in the European Union. «The road to the European Union is open to the western Balkans,» he was quoted as saying by the Tanjug news agency.