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02 December, 1999
Greece wishes to co-produce weapons systems with Britain, on an equal partnership basis, Deputy Defense Minister Dimitris Apostolakis said yesterday, delivering the opening address of the Greek-English Defense Industries.
"Greece warmly supports the new course and organizations of the European Union and the Western European Union, for the creation of a joint policy in armaments," Mr. Apostolakis said.
"For Greece this is one-way policy choice in order to cover its defense needs. It is not acceptable anymore as far as the Greek economy is concerned, for us to only be customers, rather we should participate in the production of weapons systems, at the same percentage to that of our expenditures," he stressed, adding that the margins of cooperation between the industries of the two countries is large. "This cooperation should take place on an equal partnership basis. The needs of the Greek economy demand the participation of Greek defense industries in the co-production of weapons systems," he concluded.
Source: Athens News Agency