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Turkey Would Be More Enthusiastic Than France In Helping Greece, Minister May 23, 2010

Posted by Yilan in Macedonia, Yunanistan.
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Turkey’s European Union (EU) negotiator said on Friday that Turkey would be more enthusiastic than France in solving economic problems of Greece if it was an EU member.

State Minister & chief negotiator for EU talks Egemen Bagis welcomed the compromise reached by EU member states to save Greece.

“Greece, which will be economically relieved with this decision, will have the chance to solve its problems with Turkey from now on,” Bagis told a press conference after meeting EU executives in Brussels, Belgium.

Bagis said Turkey was to do everything it could to help its neighbors to overcome their economic problems whether or not it was an EU member.

On bilateral relations with Greece, Bagis said Turkey and Greece decided to hold a bilateral summit with participation of the two prime ministers and concerned ministers to solve bilateral problems and boost cooperation.

Bagis said the meeting would most probably take place in Athens in May or June at an invitation of Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou.

The minister said he believed two countries would take concrete decisions at this meeting.

“We can see that the two leaders (Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Papandreou) are supporting peace, democracy and friendship, thanks to the policy they have followed so far,” Bagis said.

Bagis said he believed the leaders would be sensitive about cutting down the defense expenditures, instead of raising them.

Commenting on Cyprus problem, Bagis said Turkey’s position on opening its ports and airports to Greek Cypriot traffic was obvious.

“Turkey is still keeping its promises, and it will open its ports and airports, like it did till 1987, in case the EU ends isolation of TRNC and launches direct trade with TRNC,” Bagis said.

Bagis also said Turkey and the EU had completed negotiations on signature of an agreement on civil aviation, and initialed an text.

The minister said Turkey and the EU would sign the agreement soon, which would enable the Turkish Airlines (THY) to increase its flights to EU member states.

Minister Bagis met with representatives of several political parties in the European Parliament, Turkey Rapporteur Ria Oomen-Ruijten, European commissioner for Energy Guenther Oettinger, commissioner for Internal Market & Services Michel Barnier, commissioner for enlargement Stefan Fule.

Bagis also held talks with commissioner for energy Gunther Oettinger, commissioner for the internal market Michel Barnier, commissioner for health and consumer policy John Dalli and commissioner for employment and social affairs Laszlo Andor.

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