Brussels, Belgium, 24 March 2011
Statement by Prime Minister George A. Papandreou during the attendance of the meeting of the European Council
"Greece has shown her credibility in taking very difficult decisions, to make our economy viable and just. And we can look at the future with much greater confidence and optimism today. And this has been recognised by all in the recent summit, the Eurogroup summit, on March 11th.
But now is the time. The challenge now is that Europe as a whole sends a very strong and convincing message to the international markets that it is supporting a stable euro and is supporting all eurozone countries.
On Libya, the international community has made it very clear that we want an immediate ceasefire and the stop of violence against the Libyan people by the regime. Greece is fulfilling its part in supporting the UN Security Council resolution and its implementation.
I also think that now is the time to begin the preparation for political and diplomatic initiatives and solutions, in order to pave the way for a better, more democratic, peaceful Libya for the Libyan people. Thank you very much."