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31 March, 2000
There can be no normalization of Greek-Turkish relations without the Cyprus issue being placed on course for a just and viable solution, Greece's main opposition New Democracy leader Costas Karamanlis said Wednesday night.
In an exclusive interview on Cyprus' state-run RIK television, Karamanlis said such an eventuality required a change of Turkey's intransigent stance.
He described the EU as having given "too much" to Turkey.
Karamanlis said the Greek side was "correct in its orientation", but with its concessions was sending the "wrong messages" and literally "equating Greece and Turkey in the eyes of the European" partners.
On the prospect of calling a Pan-National Conference on the Cyprus issue, Karamanlis said such a forum could prove a "very positive step" if "appropriately prepared", otherwise it could create problems.
Greece, he said, had a moral and political duty to defend Cyprus against all outside scheming.
He also criticized the deployment of the Soviet-made S-300 defense missiles on the Greek island of Crete instead of Cyprus as "mishandling" that had "hurt the credibility of Hellenism in the crucial matter of deterrence and defense".
Source: Athens News Agency