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15 June, 1998
Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos noted that problems in Turkey's relations with Greece and Europe originate in Ankara's refusal to recognize the International Court at The Hague's jurisdiction.
"Turkey will be asked, during its course towards EU membership to recognize the Court," the Turkish daily "Cumhurriyet" reported in an interview with the Greek minister, published yesterday.
He reiterated that "the sole negotiable issue (between the two countries) is that of the Aegean continental shelf."
Referring to tension caused by continuous violations of Greek airspace by Turkish fighters, Mr. Pangalos said he has repeatedly suggested the following practical solution to his Turkish interlocutors:
"If you do not accept the Greek 10-mile airspace limit, you can, once a month and on pre-arranged dates, hold such flights, but on condition you declare the reason in advance. If this occurs, then the daily unpleasant incidents with interceptions will disappear."
Source: Athens News Agency