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22 April, 1997
Government spokesman Dimitris Reppas yesterday dismissed the view expressed by Turkish Assistant Foreign Undersecretary Inal Batu earlier this month that the Greek island of Gavdos, south of Crete, should be excluded from the planning of NATO military exercises, saying it was "ludicrous".
He said that the statement, which appeared in an interview with the Istanbul daily "Cumhurriyet," cannot "constitute the subject of serious discussion" in the context of political cooperation.
"A good climate is promoted through deeds and words proving that all sides are seeking friendship and cooperation," he added.
Source: Athens News Agency