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Greece and Cyprus follow developments in Turkey
2002-07-13 00:02:50

Nicosia, Jul 12 (CNA) - Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou said today that Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, in a desperate effort to remain in power, is embracing the most extreme nationalist elements of the Turkish establishment.

He also said that the government must monitor developments in Turkey calmly and be ready to make the necessary moves at the right moment.

Greek Minister of National Defence Yiannos Papantoniou said Greece and Cyprus were following developments in Turkey and expressed hope that "the political problems will soon be settled and a strong government would emerge, which will be positive for the Turkish people and our national issues".|

Speaking after a meeting with President Glafcos Clerides, Papantoniou said Greece and Cyprus wanted a strong democratic government in Turkey, which will be able to take decisions on big issues, such as the Cyprus problem.

Papapetrou said that since the EU Helsinki summit, when Turkey was officially declared an EU candidate, voices are heard in that country which question the traditional policy on issues concerning the acquis communautaire and the Cyprus problem.

He noted that "the situation in Turkey is exceptionally complex and fluid, and is being followed closely".

Replying to questions, Papapetrou said "the extreme school of throught of Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit is under fire these past few days and is being questioned openly, and Ecevit, in a desperate effort to remain in power, is addressing himself to the most extreme, the most nationalist elements of the Turkish establishment".

Papapetrou said the Cypriot government "must follow what is happening calmly" so that "we are ready to make the appropriate moves at the right moment".

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