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08 February, 1999
Greece guarantees the security of the Republic of Cyprus, National Defense Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos stressed yesterday from Thessaloniki.
Mr. Tsohatzopoulos said that he would meet today in Athens with Cyprus counterpart Yiannakis Chrysostomis to discuss Cypriot defense issues in the context of the Greece-Cyprus joint defense doctrine.
Stressing that the joint defense doctrine "is in force and will be safeguarded", Mr. Tsohatzopoulos said that "we must learn to live" with the Turkish threat, adding that "there are no easy solutions to this matter."
The Greek defense minister also expressed optimism that "we will soon have positive results from Cyprus' EU accession negotiations".
Meanwhile, Mr. Chrysostomis said he expects his talks here in Athens with Mr. Tsohatzopoulos will have a good conclusion.
Source: Athens News Agency