West German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher has been in Athens holding talks with his Greek counterpart, dimitrios Bitsios, on Greece's application to join the Common Market.
West German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher has been in Athens holding talks with his Greek counterpart, dimitrios Bitsios, on Greece's application to join the Common Market. Their agenda included discussions on financial and defence aid. West Germany has already pledged to try to find a solution to Greece's dispute with Turkey over territorial rights in the Aegean.
SYNOPSIS: Foreign Minister Bitsios was there to greet Herr Genscher when his flight touched down. Mr. Bitsios already knew that West Germany reportedly favours Greece's entry into the Common Market. It is two years since Greece applied to join and its government has set 1980 as a target for the country's being accepted.
Herr genscher was on his way to the Greek parliamentary building to meet Premier Constantine Karamanlis who was also slated to take part in the talks. Apart from sport for their EEC entry, the Greeks also hoped to get financial helps from West Germany, plus backing for their policy in Cyprus.
Venue for their talks -- the Greek Foreign Ministry. One of the most important agreements, however, was reached after a welcoming dinner for the German minister. Replying to a toast, Herr Genscher pledged that his country would help Greece and Turkey resolve their current differences. The continuing tension on the south-east flank of the North Atlantic Alliance was a matter of concern for Germany. Mr. Bitsios said that Greece's becoming the 10th EEC member would help to safeguard its democratic institutions.