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In Switzerland, the Prime Minister of Turkey, Mr. Bulent Ecevit, and the Prime Minister of Greece, Mr. Constantine Karamanlis ended two-days of discussions in Montreux on Saturday (11 March) on ways of improving relations between their neighbouring countries. Sources on both sides said the major topics had been the Cyprus dispute and territorial rights in the Agean Sea.
SYNOPSIS: The closing session was brief, after both leaders had talked for seven hours, late into the night instead of holding a second full round on Saturday. Until the talks ended the only communique issued said the two premiers had exchanged views in "a sincere way".
The meeting which had been held at the invitation of Mr Ecevit, took place informally in the Montreux Palace Hotel. In a statement later, both Prime Ministers reaffirmed their governments' determination to seek peaceful and just solutions to the problems existing between their two countries. The statement also said the two leaders believed that such a dialogue was the way to obtain practical results in the search for concrete solutions to the various problems that have been damaging Turkish-Greek relations.
Mr Karamanlis left for home immediately after the talks ended, but Mr Ecevit stayed on in Switzerland to meet Turkish workers there. According to Reuters news agency, Mr Ecevit told newsmen that the latest Turkish proposals for solving the dispute between Greek and Turkish communities in Cyprus were put to Mr Karamanlis only in outline because the Greek leader insists the problem must be solved by the island's rival communities.