13 September, 2006
Foreign Ministry spokesman George Koumoutsakos, referring to press reports on Tuesday speaking of a violation of the summer "moratorium" by Turkey, said that "the attempt by Turkey to reserve an area for the holding of an exercise, to which a press report refers to today, is illegal and irregular."
He added that the affair "is being handled as such with specific actions by the Civil Aviation Service and the foreign ministry on the basis of standing instructions by the relevant interministerial committee."
Koumoutsakos further said that "however, reserving regions by itself does not imply the violation of the summer 'moratorium'. We would have its violation in the case of exercises being carried out with the activation of a reserved area", reminding that "the 'moratorium' forbids the 'conducting of exercises' during the period that it is valid."
In this context, Koumoutsakos stressed, the foreign ministry has not been informed "that Turkey proceeded with the holding of exercises during this period and in the specific region that it is attempting to reserve in an irregular way."
Source: Athens News Agency