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04 October, 1999
Cooperation on military and defense matters between Cyprus and Greece is "perfect", the defense ministers of the two countries said yesterday, stressing at the same time that this will continue.
Visiting Greek National Defense Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos and his Cypriot counterpart Socrates Hasikos told a press conference that Cyprus' defense capability is at a very high standard.
Mr. Tsohatzopoulos concluded yesterday a four-day official visit to the island republic.
On attempts to settle the Cyprus problem, Mr. Tsohatzopoulos noted the unprecedented effort by the US to help reach a settlement but called for "great care" in dealing with any moves that may promote other goals.
"Any effort aiming at a just, democratic solution in Cyprus is welcomed and we have a responsibility to coordinate our moves," he added.
Mr. Tsohatzopoulos said both Greece and Cyprus see the prospect of Turkey joining the European Union in a positive light provided Ankara contributes to the peace effort and paves the way for substantive negotiations leading to a solution in Cyprus.
Source: Athens News Agency