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Saturday, 13 December, 1997, 22:21 GMT
Greek Premier expects "tension" following EU summit decision on

Turkey Greek Prime Minister Konstandinos Simitis has said he is expecting tension in relations with Turkey in coming weeks following the outcome of the EU summit in Luxembourg.

Commenting on the summit's decision to set conditions for further moves by Turkey towards EU accession, Simitis said: " They did not want these conditions.

We fought a battle to keep this phrase in and we succeeded in it." His comments were broadcast on Greek NET television.

"We in Greece are not interested in excluding Turkey.

We do not want to push Turkey into a corner and rid it of its European prospect ... But at the same time we want to establish a framework within which this development will be smooth and peaceful.

It will be a development of cooperation" , he said.

"Turkey attempted to become a membership candidate, to pile on the pressure so that this candidacy would be recognized, and to apply pressure so that our views would be rejected.

We expected this and we are also expecting tension in the next few weeks," Simitis said.

"Simitis predicted that Ankara will step up its provocation as we get closer to when decisions on Turkey will be made" , the TV reported.

BBC Monitoring (http://www.monitor.bbc.co.uk), based in Caversham in southern England, selects and translates information from radio, television, press, news agencies and the Internet from 150 countries in more than 70 languages.


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