Greece is committed to embracing a ll those nations who strive for democracy within their frontiers, an d peaceful cooperation beyond them, into the European family. Throug h the process of the ever past neighbouring war in the Balkans, Greece has managed to inspire in the international community the importance of a consistent, universal and unifying policy towards South-Eastern Europe. What South East Europe needs most is to achieve a climate of security, democracy, and peace. The EU’s acceptance of Turkey’s candidate status at Helsinki will no doubt move us closer to these goals. Bringing Turkey closer to Europe will bring greater security to the region .