A Greek-Turkish agreement on cooperation in tourism between the two neighbours was approved by the Greek parliamentary committee for commerce on October 24…
A Greek-Turkish agreement on cooperation in tourism between the two neighbours was approved by the Greek parliamentary committee for commerce on October 24.
However, all Greek political parties have agreed on temporarily freezing the agreement following a Greek-Turkish dispute over air corridors in the Aegean during the recent Nato joint exercise Destined Glory. Ankara again raised the issue of what it views as `grey zones` in the Aegean, prompting Athens to pull out its military forces.
All MPs sitting on the committee decided to ask the parliament speaker, Apostolos Kaklamanis, to not allow the agreement to be presented at the Assembly`s plenary session for ratification until
A number of MPs requested that the committee not vote in favour of the agreement until Ankara decides whether it is for or against Greek-Turkish rapprochement.
Deputy Development Minister Milena Apostolaki noted it was a specific bilateral agreement, the application of which would be examined by experts.
MPs accepted a proposal by the parliamentary committee`s chairman, Dimitris Pipergios, that the agreement be ratified but that Kaklamanis be asked to prevent it from being tabled in parliament.
According to reports, another eight agreements on non-contentious issues signed by Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou and his Turkish counterpart Ismail Cem will not be tabled for ratification for the time being.
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