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19 November, 2002
Main opposition New Democracy leader Costas Karamanlis on Monday received the leader of Turkey's victorious Justice and Development Party (AKP), Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for talks on relations between Greece and Turkey and the set of proposals put forward by the United Nations for solving the Cyprus problem.
Commenting on the meeting, Karamanlis said they had exchanged views on recent developments regarding Cyprus and noted that bilateral relations would only improve if international laws and treaties were respected.
He expressed reservations about the Annan plan and whether the model of government proposed was workable, and doubts as to whether it was compatible with EU laws and practices.
Karamanlis said that his party supported Turkey's European prospects but stressed that this depended mainly on Ankara and whether it succeeded in adapting to EU rules and regulations, as well as its stance on the Cyprus issue.
Source: Athens News Agency