UN - Athens, Greece, 5 November 2009 - Remarks to the Hellenic Parliament
For centuries, Greek ideas and ideals have shaped the world. You have produced the vision of Pericles – the wisdom of Socrates, Aristotle and Plato – the adventuring spirit of Homer. You have given us the Olympic ideal of peaceful competition and the practice of Amphictionia, what some have called the forerunner of the United Nations.
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#1 Nov 7, 2009
Address by the UN Secretary General to the Greek Parliament.
Among else he said:
"The United Nations has also played a facilitating role in another long-standing issue: the name dispute between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).
The resolution of this dispute will open new prospects for regional cooperation and will serve as an important contribution towards stability and security in South-Eastern Europe.
It is my firm hope that this issue will be resolved in the near future. I am confident that both Greece and FYROM will put their best efforts forward to come to a mutually acceptable agreement.
During my visit here, I have had in depth discussions with Prime Minister Papandreou. I have been encouraged by the Greek government's clear endorsement of a continuing role for the United Nations in assisting the parties in the negotiations.
The United Nations remains strongly committed to supporting the talks. My Personal Envoy, Matthew Nimetz, stands ready to resume work with both governments at the earliest opportunity."
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