- The Washington Times - Monday, April 29, 2002

Greek-Turkish diplomacy
Turkish Ambassador O. Faruk Logoglu hailed the Middle East peace effort by the Greek and Turkish foreign ministers as a new era in the diplomatic relations between the regional rivals.
Ismail Cem of Turkey and George Papandreou of Greece met last week with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres.
Mr. Logoglu called the joint peace mission a "historic visit for peace by two statesmen whose own countries have been at odds over important bilateral issues."
In Turkey, however, some critics said the two foreign ministers were living in a "dreamland" by thinking they could help solve the complex and deadly conflict between Israelis and Palestinians when they could not solve the far less complicated issue of Cyprus.
Mr. Logoglu, in a message on the Turkish Embassy's Web site (www.turkey.org) last week, was confident that the two diplomats would help "bring about conditions more favorable for a political settlement in the region."

Warning Slovakia
The United States has issued yet another warning to Slovaks not to re-elect Vladimir Meciar if they want their country to join NATO.
The latest warning came last week from Craig Stapleton, U.S. ambassador to the neighboring Czech Republic.
The United States still considers Mr. Meciar anti-NATO and doubts he has changed his authoritarian ways since he last served as prime minister in the mid-1990s. He is poised to make a comeback in the September elections.
"NATO would not want a government where Meciar is prime minister or part of a coalition," Mr. Stapleton said in a news conference.

Diplomatic traffic
Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:
Today
President Milo Djukanovic of Montenegro, who holds talks with Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, other State Department officials, members of Congress and leaders of top financial institutions.
Boris Shikhmuradov, leader of the opposition People's Democratic Movement of Turkmenistan, who addresses the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
Lt. Gen. Javed Hassal, who leads a delegation from Pakistan's National Defense College.
Tomorrow
Mr. Djukanovic addresses the United States Institute of Peace.
Yevgeny Satanovsky, president of the Russian Jewish Congress, who addresses Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
Wednesday
Chinese Vice President Hu Jintao, who meets Vice President Richard B. Cheney and addresses the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.
Gennady N. Seleznev, chairman of the Russian parliament, who meets members of Congress. He holds a 10 a.m. news conference Friday at the National Press Club.
Jayati Ghosh of India's Jawaharlal Nehru University and Ayesha Siddiqa-Agha, an independent scholar from Pakistan, who participate in a forum on South Asian conflicts at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Thursday
Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, who also serves as president of the European Union, and Romano Prodi, president of the European Commission, who meet President Bush and attend a U.S.-EU summit meeting. Mr. Aznar speaks Friday at Johns Hopkins' School of Advanced International Studies.
Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov, who meets Mr. Powell. On Friday, he discusses his new book, "The New Russian Diplomacy," at the Nixon Center.
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Javier Solana, foreign policy director of the European Union, who meet with the Russian foreign minister and the secretary of state to discuss the Middle East.
Mohammad Arkoun, a professor of Islamic history at Paris' Sorbonne University, who addresses the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.


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