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24 October, 1998
In a separate development, Athens reiterated it will go as far as the European Court in case the European Commission insists on the financing of Turkey with the special procedure majority.
"We insist on our positions and consider that there must be the necessary compromise proposals which will not annul the legal basis hitherto in force," Alternate Foreign Minister George Papandreou stated yesterday.
If the Commission insists on its proposal until Nov. 11, when the issue will come up for discussion in the General Affairs Council, it "will most probably cause reactions, both on the part of the European Parliament, and perhaps on the part of the Parli ament of a member-state besides Greece," he said.
"If the legal basis of the proposal is ultimately maintained, Greece intends to seek recourse in the Court of the European Communities," he added.
He also welcomed the decision of the plenum of the European Parliament to eliminate credits earmarked for Turkey from the reserves in the 1999 budget.
"This shows the sensitivity of the European Parliament in institutional issues," he stressed.
Mr. Papandreou's position was reiterated by Mr. Reppas.
Source: Athens News Agency