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21 November, 1997
Greece is in favor of Turkey's European orientation, but certain issues must be resolved for objections to be lifted, Alternate Foreign Minister George Papandreou told the Turkish television station NTV yesterday.
"As you know, we don't believe in the necessity of a European conference. A decision has not been made in the European Union whether there will be a conference or not. Greece is in favor of Turkey's European orientation, and I would say, more than other EU member-states. But there are specific issues which we would like to see resolved. These are the only ones that impede good relations between our two countries," he said.
"If Turkey wishes to help by making specific steps to promote solutions in the problems it has created, such as the Cyprus issue, then we shall also be able to help," he added.
Source: Athens News Agency