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11 February, 1999
Deputy Defense Minister Dimitris Apostolakis yesterday had talks with US Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Frank Kramer focusing on developments in the Yugoslav province of Kosovo, problems in the Balkans and bilateral cooperation issues.
It was the first meeting between the two men, who will meet again at the end of May or early June on the sidelines of the High-Level Advisory Committee which convenes annually to examine Greek-US relations.
Asked by reporters after yesterday's meeting about the possibility of Greece and Turkey becoming embroiled if the Kosovo problem spins out of control, Mr. Kramer replied that the NATO countries were working jointly on their problems and the Greek government had always supported these efforts.
Referring to statements in the past by U.S. President Bill Clinton about the possible involvement of Greece and Turkey in any conflict, Mr. Kramer said the president's statement did not only concern those two countries but related to destabilization in the entire region, which could pose a threat to all.
What we all want, Mr. Kramer said, is stability in the region and the attainment of an agreement between the parties to the conflict, which will be respected by all.
Source: Athens News Agency