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03 September, 1999
Foreign Minister George Papandreou said yesterday that he had ascertained "a wide consensus" over the Greek government's initiative to have the European Union extend humanitarian assistance to Turkey in the wake of the devastating earthquake.
Mr. Papandreou was speaking to reporters after meeting with leader of the main opposition party New Democracy, Costas Karamanlis.
The foreign minister said that the issue of humanitarian aid was unconnected to the discussion currently under way on the fourth financial protocol, which, he added, was not on the agenda of the discussion to be held by EU foreign ministers over the weekend.
Mr. Papandreou also met with Communist Party of Greece (KKE) leader Aleka Papariga and Coalition of the Left and Progress (Synaspismos) President Nikos Konstantopoulos.
Meanwhile, Alternate Foreign Minister Yiannos Kranidiotis called the recent public discussion about a veto on Community monies to Turkey "a discussion without a subject".
Greece, Mr. Kranidiotis said, is prepared to contribute so that Turkey can deal with the problems that have been created by the earthquake and it is in this spirit that he had held meetings with European Commission officials in Brussels on Wednesday.
Turkey can expect money from the European Union's humanitarian aid program as well as from the MEDA Mediterranean program, he said.
There is no issue of withdrawing the veto but there is a discussion under way on a total package with the aim of extending support to Turkey during these difficult times, he said.
Source: Athens News Agency