Greece Condemns Turkey over Fighter Jet Crash

PARIS (Reuters)–The Prime Minister of Greece Costas Karamanlis condemned Turkey on Wednesday for its part in a crash involving Turkish and Greek fighter jets over the Aegean and said such incidents did not tally with Ankara’s ambition to join the European Union.

NATO members Greece and Turkey have blamed each other for the crash in disputed air space on Tuesday.

"Yesterday’s incident should be a signal… to persuade Turkey to abandon such tactics which do not tally with its European perspectives," Karamanlis told a news conference in Paris.

A warming in relations between the two long-time foes has been vital to Turkey’s drive to join the European Union. Athens’ backing of Ankara’s candidature in 1999 opened the door to negotiations now taking place with Brussels.

Asked whether the incident would prompt changes in Greece’s strategy regarding Turkey’s EU path–Karamanlis said: "All this is taken into consideration vis-a-vis the European perspectives of Turkey. All behaviors are taken into consideration."

The two countries–who came close to war as recently as 1996–have improved ties but have yet to resolve territorial disputes in the Aegean Sea and over the divided island of Cyprus.


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