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13 June, 1997
US State Department spokesman Nicholas Burns said yesterday the Clinton administration did not link the respective agreements for the lending and transfer of warships to Greece and Turkey, and reiterated its support for their implementation, which requires approval of the US Congress.
"According to the law, Congress must be informed of our intention to renew the lease of navy vessels to Greece. We support a renewal of the lease of the Adams-type destroyers, and the Knox-type frigates to Greece..."
"In the case of Turkey, we want to proceed to the transfer of frigates. I would be less than honest if I said that there weren't certain problems with Congress, but we continue to support the transfer of frigates to Turkey, and we shall continue doing so. We want both agreements to be implemented, but we don't link them. Greece and Turkey are two equally important allies of the US," he said.
Source: Athens News Agency