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14 May, 1997
Greece yesterday described as "provocative and particularly harmful" statements by a Turkish general who announced the strengthening of Turkish occupation forces on the divided island of Cyprus.
General Cevik Bir, second-in-command at the army's General Command, made the statements during a visit to the Turkish-occupied northern part of the island republic at the weekend.
Government spokesman Dimitris Reppas said that "at the present moment in time, when efforts are being made aimed at attaining some understanding, particular care is required".
Mr. Reppas called on all parties interested in stability prevailing in the region to "condemn and marginalize such statements which cause increased tension and seriously harm an issue which has remained outstanding for years".
Asked about the possibility of an extension of the moratorium on the flights of Greek and Turkish military aircraft over the Aegean, Mr. Reppas said an agreement may be reached for the moratorium to be extended from the present two months in the summer to three months.
Mr. Reppas however did not rule out the possibility of an agreement for the extension of the moratorium to four months.
Source: Athens News Agency