|Updated: 22-Jan-2003||January 2003|
Lord Robertson meets Greek EU presidency
This was Lord Robertson's first official meeting with the new
EU presidency. He met Prime Minister Costas Simitis, Minister
of Foreign Affairs, George Papandreou and Defence Minister Yanos
Papantoniou. They discussed, in particular, the EU's intention
to take over the responsibility for the mission carried out
by NATO in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (
At a joint press conference with Costas Simitis, Lord Robertson stated that the European Rapid Reaction Force - due to be launched by 1 June - will be complementary to the NATO Response Force. "Over the next six months, the Greek presidency and myself, he added, must make sure that both the NATO capabilities objectives and the Helsinki headline goals for the European Rapid Reaction Force coincide and are mutually reinforcing."
"So, he stated, we have a joint mission together, Prime Minister, and I look forward very much to working with you on that and seeing success by the middle of 2003".