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EU Council of Defence ministers

Δημοσίευση 10 Δεκεμβρίου 2010, 08:27 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
EU Council of Defence ministers
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Cooperation between the European Defence Organisation with Turkey, in the framework of European Union-NATO coopera-tion, as well as issues related to the development of the EU's mi-litary potential, the development of the ATALANTA operation in Somalia and the ALTHEA operation in Bosnia-Herzegivina, operations in which Greece is participating, were discussed during Thursday's Council of EU Defence ministers in Brussels.

Cooperation between the European Defence Organisation with Turkey, in the framework of European Union-NATO coopera-tion, as well as issues related to the development of the EU's mi-litary potential, the development of the ATALANTA operation in Somalia and the ALTHEA operation in Bosnia-Herzegivina, operations in which Greece is participating, were discussed during Thursday's Council of EU Defence ministers in Brussels.

Greece was represented by Defence Minister Evangelos Venizelos.

According to an announcement by the Defence ministry, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen reiterated his propo-sals, regarding the issue of EU-NATO cooperation, in the frame-work of the general directions of the two organisations' latest summits, emphasising the need for facilitating the European Defence Organisation's (EDA) cooperation with Turkey and an EU-Turkey security agreement to be signed.

Venizelos stressed in his addresses the need for safeguarding the institutional equality of all the EU member-states, called on the NATO secretary general to exercise his influence in the direction of Turkey, since the problem is located in the fact that despite Turkey's candidacy for EU accession it does not recognise the Republic of Cyprus and also called on all the international officials to facilitate the process of discussions for a political solution to the issue of Cyprus, between Cyprus President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, in the framework of relative UN resolutions.