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20 April, 2001
Turkey should proceed with the necessary changes on its way toward Europe, such as abandoning threats against other countries, National Defense Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos said here on Thursday.
"Turkey is obliged, in the course of convergence with Europe, to proceed with certain adjustments and one of them is abandoning threats, the threat of the use of force and of illusions that one can forge ahead with barren denial," Tsohatzopoulos said following discussions with his French counterpart Alain Richard and European Affairs Minister Pierre Moscovici.
He also said that support given to Turkey by Greece for its course towards the European Union should ultimately have specific results, which are being sought in political relations, threats and claims against other countries.
Following his meeting with Moscovici, Tsohatzopoulos told Greek reporters France's position in relation to the Cyprus issue is "very clear", adding that as far as the French are concerned "accession of the Republic of Cyprus to the EU is a clear case with a secure future and an immediate prospect. The political solution is interesting. However, it cannot constitute a precondition for the accession of Cyprus."
Tsohatzopoulos said the accession of Cyprus should also provide a more favorable framework for a political solution in the future "and we should process this idea to enable us to achieve tangible new factors which are capable of contributing to this direction."
Source: Athens News Agency