The Greek Prime Minister, Mr. Constantine Karamanlis, said in Salonica on Saturday (4 September) that?
The Greek Prime Minister, Mr. Constantine Karamanlis, said in Salonica on Saturday (4 September) that Greek interests would be effectively protected if there was a military confrontation with Turkey.
SYNOPSIS: Speaking at the opening of the 41st International Trade Fair, Mr. Karamanlis said relations with Turkey were at a dangerous point -- heightened by recent events in disputed areas of the Aegean Sea. He said although the Turkish exploration ship, Sismik 1, was in the disputed area searching for oil, events had paved the way for a dialogue. Mr. Karamanlis said Greek economic policy was aimed at arming the country against foreign dangers and integrating Greece into the European Common Market.
The Greek Prime Minister said the situation with Turkey was created not so much because Turkey had put forward certain rights, but because it was trying to impose them by use of force. Greece was willing to take part in a dialogue with Turkey because it believed in the necessity for restoration of Greek-Turkish friendship. He said that Greece should strengthen its defence to discourage certain Turkish circles from using force.
Altogether 26 countries are officially taking part in the Salonica Fair, with another 15 countries represented by private firms. The fair is due to finish on 19 September.