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06 December, 2002
Parliament's Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday ratified the Comprehensive Technical Agreement (CTA) between the United States and Greece, in spite of objections from four ruling PASOK MPs and the smaller opposition parties.
The agreement had been signed between US Secretary of State Colin Powell and Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou on June 13, 2001.
It consolidates a number of provisions regarding the status of U.S. forces in Greece, currently contained in numerous bilateral agreements supplementary to the NATO Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) signed in 1951, and incorporates counterpart SOFA provisions that deal with the status of Greek forces in the United States. The Greek CTA was envisioned as the final piece of three major agreements regulating the defense relationship with Greece. The other two major agreements already in force are the NATO SOFA and the 1990 Mutual Defense Cooperation Agreement (MDCA), which updated US basing arrangements in Greece and established the requirement to negotiate and sign the CTA. The counterpart SOFA provisions, incorporated in Part II of the agreement, deal with the status of Greek forces in the United States.
Source: Athens News Agency