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Greece confirms rejection of Kosovo independence

(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 29 MAR - Greece's position against recognizing Kosovo's independence has not changed. President Katerina Sakellaropoulou visited Belgrade today and confirmed this stance. Speaking at a joint press conference with Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic, the president admitted the existence of diplomatic pressure from the West on Athens, which, however, has not changed its position on the issue. She underlined that Greece supports the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina aimed at normalizing their relations and finding a lasting solution to ensure peace and stability in the region. "We support the negotiations aimed at solving the issue with the acceptance of the European proposal for an agreement," Sakellaropoulou added, underlining that Greece has always maintained that Serbia belongs to the European family. "I want to make it clear that our strategic goal is the whole Western Balkan region's accession to the European Union," the Greek president said. (ANSA).