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19 January, 1998
Commenting Saturday on Turkey's high court decision to dissolve the main opposition Welfare Party, National Defense Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos said Turkey is a long way from becoming a European country.
He added that the outlawing of the Welfare Party confirms the decision of the European Union on the terms Turkey must fulfill before it becomes a member-state.
Mr. Tsohatzopoulos also said that Turkey must be assisted, so as to further democracy and human rights.
Greece, Mr. Tsohatzopoulos said, has nothing to fear from developments in Turkey.
Source: Athens News Agency