14 September, 2006
Greece on Wednesday declined to make predictions about a closely watched report to be issued by the European Commission next month regarding candidate-state Turkey's progress.
A foreign ministry spokesman in Athens nevertheless noted that the Union is "comprehensively briefed" over Greece's positions regarding the fulfillment by Turkey of its commitments to the 25-nation bloc.
Spokesman George Koumoutsakos added that the Greek government is doing "all it can and must do" so that the neighboring country's obligations are met.
In a related development, and in reference to reports over a violation, by the Turkish side, of a summer moratorium prohibiting the holding of military exercises in the Aegean, Koumoutsakos emphasized that any attempt to seal-off areas for the holding of maneuvers is, therefore, illegal.
He added that such actions are routinely countered by Greece's Civil Aviation Authority and the foreign ministry on the basis of standing directives issued by a relevant inter-ministerial committee.
Source: Athens News Agency