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Turkey Chides Greek Foreign Minister for his Statements on Greek-Turkish Relations

The Turkish Foreign Affairs Ministry has issued an announcement chiding the Greek Foreign Minister, Stavros Dimas, for his statements on Greek-Turkish relations during the latter’s meeting with the Secretary General of NATO last Thursday in Athens.

“It is known by the Greek authorities and all parties concerned that we are paying special attention to ensuring that our relations with Greece are conducted on the basis of a positive agenda. While it is expected that celebration of the 60th anniversary of our countries’ simultaneous accession to NATO should strengthen this positive agenda, the fact that Greek authorities resort to such accusations and claims is in contradiction with the spirit of alliance, and does not bode well with a positive agenda in our relations,” a statement from the Foreign Ministry said, cited in Today’s Zaman daily.

The Greek Foreign Minister’s statement, published in the official website of the Greek Foreign Affairs Ministry, read: “We had new threats against Cyprus. We had flyovers again, we had Greece’s sovereign rights being questioned. This is not conduct befitting an ally. It is conduct that must cease. Greece defends its rights. Unfortunately, however, instead of talking today about what unifies us, we see provocations that undermine the prospects for improvement in Greek-Turkish relations.”

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