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24 January, 2000
Greek-American and Turkish-American leaders express strong support on recent efforts by Greece and Turkey to take steps forward to improve bilateral relations.
In a joint statement Greek-American and Turkish-American leaders express satisfaction that during Greek Foreign Mister George Papandreou's visit to Turkey last week "Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit invited his Greek counterpart Costas Simitis to visit Turkey".
Making special reference to the bilateral agreements signed during Papandreou's visit, the statement notes they were correctly referred to as "a successful beginning toward a new era in relations".
They also note that "as Greek Foreign Minister Papandreou stated during his visit, Greece and Turkey have been able to respond to the desires of Greek and Turkish peoples to live in peace and to build a common future together".
The joint statement stresses that "these and other such efforts are important contributions to peace and security in the Eastern Mediterranean".
The statement was signed by Greek-American leaders Andrew Athens, World President of the World Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE) and Andrew Manatos, President of the National Coordinated Effort of Hellenes (CEH) and Turkish-American leader Tolga Cubukcu, President of the Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA).
Source: Athens News Agency