Beirut, 27th July 2000



Intervention of H.E. the Ambassador of Greece

Mr. George Gabrielides



Mr. Prime Minister as you know Greece has strong and long standing ties of friendship mutual confidence and cooperation with Lebanon.


My country always tried either within the framework of the European Union or on a bilateral basis to respond positively whenever Lebanon is in need.


We have done it in many occasions in the past and we are ready to do it again in the future. Greece shall examine, study very carefully together with its partners of the European Union the different development plans presented by the Lebanese side.


We shall try to help Lebanon in its  efforts for the economic and social development of the south. An important role in this field could be played by  non-governmental organizations.


Within this context I am happy to announce that Greece is co-financing with the European Union the construction and equipment of one pediatric clinic and one gynecological  clinic in Marjeoun that is in the  area that was under occupation.


Mr. Prime minister I would like to wish for the government of Lebanon all possible success for the development and reconstruction of the south as well as for the success of this conference.