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12 December, 2001
Greece will not agree with the text of an agreement that resulted from the U.S.-British-Turkish meeting regarding the European armed forces, in its current form, Greek government spokesman Christos Protopappas said on Tuesday.
Protopappas made the comment in response to a question regarding Greece's reaction in the event that other European Union member-states might insist on the text.
The text should be amended so as to secure fully Greece's national interests, Protopappas said.
These changes have already been discussed by Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou in the General Affairs Council of the European Union and will be tabled thus in the upcoming Laeken Summit, the government spokesman said, adding that during the summit the battle for Greece's interest will be given by Prime Minister Costas Simitis and the Greek delegation.
He said that the text was not released to the opposition parties, because the government had to check it in detail and conduct all the necessary international talks, as well as to finalize the negotiating line and the general stand of the Greek government on the issue.
Protopappas announced that on Thursday morning the foreign minister will brief the political parties before the relevant committee of Parliament.
Source: Athens News Agency