22 April, 2005
Greek and Greek Cypriot diplomatic sources expressed satisfaction here on Thursday on the text of the joint position of the "25" which was reached by the Council of Permanent Representatives in view of the EU-Turkey Association Council which will take place in Luxembourg on Tuesday.
On issues of Greek-Turkish interest, satisfaction was expressed on the fact that the text stressed the need for Turkey to make further efforts to secure full political control over the military in accordance with the practices implemented in the EU-member states. The joint position further underlines that the political power in Turkey should play a supervisory role, particularly with regard to the shaping of national strategy and its implementation, including relations with other countries.
With regard to the chapter of the joint position of the "25" on Turkey's relations with its neighbors, reference was made to the confidence-building measures between Greece and Turkey in efforts to solve differences on the basis of the UN Charter.
The text also calls for the need for Turkey to have smooth bilateral relations with all the EU-member-states, including Cyprus.
Source: Athens News Agency