Government spokesman Elias Mossialos on Thursday categorically denied statements made by Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc as regards the alleged content of a recent telephone communication between Prime Minister George Papandreou and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
 
According to claims by Arinc, PM Papandreou allegedly told his Turkish counterpart that “you can conduct research as well, so long as no tension is caused” referring to the drillings within Cyprus’ EEZ for the exploitation of hydrocarbons and the Turkish threats for similar research.
 
Referring to Arinc’s statement that the two premiers agreed to have the meeting of the Greece-Turkey Supreme Council for Cooperation held in Turkey in November, Mossialos stressed that the joint meeting will be held when the right preconditions are present.