09 November, 2006
Foreign ministry spokesman George Koumoutsakos and the main opposition PASOK party commented on Wednesday on Turkey's progress report.
Koumoutsakos said that the report "records the existing situation in an objective way" and, referring to all the progress reports for candidate countries said that they are "very important texts" and constitute the product of a "long process of evaluation."
PASOK's foreign policy sector chief Christos Papoutsis said on his part that the report "is a clear and strong message to Turkey", adding that "Turkey's political leadership now has the opportunity until the summit in December to prove that it desires the continuation of the accession course."
Papoutsis also said that "tangible proof is necessary, specific commitments and timetables for the fulfillment of obligations for the recognition of the Republic of Cyprus, the extension of customs union with the 10 new member-states and relations of good neighborliness with Greece."
Source: Athens News Agency