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Greece hopes new Turkish government works for Cyprus solution
2002-11-04 09:19:19

Nicosia, Nov 4 (CNA) -- Greek Foreign Ministry spokesman Panos Beglitis has expressed hope that the government that will emerge from Sunday's elections in Turkey will contribute to a political settlement in Cyprus.

He also said Athens anticipates that a new era will begin in Turkey which will strengthen bilateral relations and allow Ankara to move closer to Europe.|

''Our long-standing goal is to build ties of friendship and cooperation with the new Turkish government. We hope it will contribute to a solution in Cyprus and proceed with reforms Europe wants to see in place in Turkey,'' Beglitis said, according to the Athens News Agency.

He said Greece respects the outcome of the elections and hopes that a new era will begin in bilateral ties which will allow these ties to develop further and to strengthen Ankara's course to the European Union.

Beglitis congratulated the winners of Sunday's polling and said Foreign Minister George Papandreou will be sending messages to them.

Later today, Papandreou is due to discuss the election result, the Cyprus question and the situation in the Middle East and Iraq with Marc Grossman, US Under-Secretary for Political Affairs, who is visiting Athens.

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