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22 July, 2002
In an interview published on Sunday in Cyprus' newspaper Fileleftheros, Greek Foreign Ministry Spokesman Panos Beglitis said that the period leading up to the Turkish elections will create a problem in Turkey in the taking of necessary decisions.
At the same time, Beglitis views that the prolonged election campaign suspends or operates negatively for the political, economic and social reforms which Turkey has committed itself in adopting within the context of its European prospects.
The foreign ministry spokesman noted that he did not expect that Turkey would export the crisis.
He explained that ''all the margins which the establishment or the extreme forces in Turkey could utilize to create in a crisis either in Cyprus or against Greece have been restricted to a significant degree.'' This however, he said, ''does not mean that we must not be ready for every eventuality. And we are ready for all.''
The decisions of the Turkish people as well as of the citizens of any other country are respected, Beglitis said, adding that ''what we must stress is that during this period Turkey's political strategies are at an impasse".
The impasse of Turkish policies in the past 28 years is seen in the Cyprus issue, he said, adding that ''what we must stress in particular is that with the policy which we have followed in Helsinki and in the policy which we followed after this EU summit, we essentially contributed in pushing forward in Turkey all those forces which are orientating themselves towards Europe.''
Beglitis said that if Turkey wants to be a European country, if it wants to proceed on the European road, it must follow the European model both in its domestic and foreign behavior.
Source: Athens News Agency