FM backs truce on Beirut visit

Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis yesterday stressed the importance of respecting a United Nations-brokered ceasefire following a tour of Beirut suburbs razed by Israeli bombing. «We believe that the UN Security Council’s decision must be implemented – a difficult but necessary move if we are to move toward peace and stability in the region,» Bakoyannis said after talks with her Lebanese counterpart Fawzi Salloukh. Salloukh praised Greece’s stance throughout the conflict. «[Greece] requested a ceasefire from the start of the war. If [Greece] had been heeded, there would not have been so many deaths or such massive destruction,» he said. Later yesterday Bakoyannis flew to Jordan, where she had talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. She is today due to join her EU counterparts in Brussels for crisis talks on the Middle East. Meanwhile, an anti-war demonstration is due to start at Syntagma, central Athens, at 7 p.m. today.

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