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08 October, 1998
Prime Minister Costas Simitis and National Defense Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos will confer today on the course of Greece's four-trillion-drachma armaments procurements program and other issues, government spokesman Dimitris Reppas said yesterday.
He added that there was still no decision on whether the Government Council for Foreign Affairs and Defense (KYSEA) would convene tomorrow to take decisions on the armaments program.
Mr. Reppas said on Tuesday that the final decision would be taken following consultations between Prime Minister Costas Simitis and the competent ministers.
Asked by reporters about the KYSEA meeting, Mr. Tsohatzopoulos yesterday said he didn't know why there was an issue about whether or not KYSEA would meet.
"The KYSEA meeting is scheduled for Friday and tomorrow (Thursday) I will meet with the prime minister," he said.
The council has already taken a number of final decisions regarding the procurement of weapons systems while others are expected to be taken at the forthcoming KYSEA meeting, including the procurement of long-range anti-aircraft missiles to replace the aging Nike system and short-range missiles (Shorads) for the army.
Mr. Tsohatzopoulos said in July that the defense ministry's target was for all agreements provided under the government's five-year armaments program to have been approved by KYSEA by the end of 1998, with the exception of new tanks.
Source: Athens News Agency