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28 August, 1999
Former Turkish Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz yesterday said that the impressive improvement in Greek-Turkish relations would not be a temporary development.
During an interview to a Turkish television channel, Mr. Yilmaz also said that the dialogue that has begun between Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou and his Turkish counterpart Ismail Cem should become "permanent policy of the (Turkish) government".
Mr. Yilmaz, whose party is in the government coalition, also said "I think that we can find solutions to all problems, the problem of Cyprus and the Aegean, as long as both sides do not attempt to secure advantages one over the other. "There are no problems which can not be resolved," he added.
Meanwhile, the Turkish press continued to praise Greece's contribution in humanitarian aid to the earthquake-stricken country, while the Greek embassy in Ankara and Greek consulates have been inundated with telephone calls and flowers sent by citizens thanking Greece for its support.
In a related development, Bosphorus University Dean Ustun Erguder expressed the gratitude of the institution for the 30 million drachma grant of the Onassis Foundation to its President Stelios Papadimitriou.
The grant was offered to cover the immediate needs of the university and students as well as urgent repairs to buildings.
In his letter Mr. Erguder noted "the misery and damages which have befallen upon our friends as well as on all of our nation are beyond any imagination...Unfortunately there are students and faculty members among the victims of the recent destructive earthquake."
According to the letter, the Onassis foundation grant will be used to set up a scholarship fund for students whose families were worst affected by the quake.
Mr. Erguder concluded "we are deeply moved by the solidarity you and the Greek nation showed and we appreciate the generous offer of the (Onassis) Foundation."
Source: Athens News Agency