Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis smiles…

Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis smiles yesterday as she prepares to open a session of the ministerial council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Helsinki. Greece is to take over the OSCE’s rotating leadership in January.Bakoyannis was one of few, of some 50 foreign ministers attending the meeting, to express interest in Russian plans for a European security pact. ‘They will play an important part in discussions in 2009,’ Bakoyannis said of the Russians. Several diplomats claimed that the Russian plan was badly timed due to Moscow’s decision to invade Georgia earlier this year.

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