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05 May, 2000
Government spokesman Dimitris Reppas, commenting on statements by Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit on Wednesday, said on Thursday that whoever makes statements similar to those by the Turkish Prime Minister offers bad services to Greek-Turkish relations.
Reppas said that Ankara "should not render the landscape of Greek-Turkish relations misty", adding that the sole issue existing between the two countries is the legal issue of delineating the continental shelf in the Aegean, for which the International Court at The Hague is responsible.
Referring to other issues mentioned by Ecevit on the Aegean, Reppas said that Turkey should honor the commitments it undertook in Helsinki, while on the Cyprus issue he said it is an issue pertaining to the UN and should be resolved on the basis of its resolutions.
Turkish Prime Minister Ecevit said on Wednesday that "for the time being there has been no encouraging step on the part of Greece for peaceful dialogue on the issues of the Aegean".
Source: Athens News Agency