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12 March, 1998
The government yesterday expressed hope that no tension would arise in Cyprus and the Aegean.
Acting government spokesman Nikos Athanassakis said that it was up to Turkey how it would react from here on, and recalled that Greece has insisted to date on the preservation of calm in the region. Asked to comment on an impasse apparently arising in the Cyprus problem due to Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash's stance, Mr. Athanassakis accused him of "persistence in intransigence".
"We hope for a change of that stance," Mr. Athanassakis said. "Cyprus' course towards the European Union and the Republic of Cyprus itself cannot be hostage to the Turkish Cypriot leadership."
Source: Athens News Agency