Turkey's Army chief proposes unarmed flights over Aegean Sea
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Turkey's Chief of General Staff, General , proposed that Greek and Turkish fighters should fly unarmed flights over the . This follows reports that Greek and Turkish fighters held mock dogfights during President 's visit to last month.
Greek Foreign Ministry spokesman Giorgos Koumoutsakos said that Turkish planes were in the air at the time but denied any effort to confront Greek fighters.
Gen. Büyükanıt is in, northern Greece, where the Conference of the Balkan countries Chiefs of Army Staff takes place, and met his Greek counterpart, Admiral .
Greece's Minister of National Defencethis morning declared open the Conference which takes place in , a suburb in eastern Thessaloniki. As Meimarakis said during his opening speech, the dialogue among Balkan countries is very significant; characteristically saying that a dialogue builds bridges.
Gen. Büyükanıt's visit in Greece is his first in the country, after he became chief of the Kemal Ataturk.. According to Turkish officials, Gen. Büyükanıt will visit the Turkish Consulate of Thessaloniki which is regarded as the birthplace house of
- Nasos Bratsos. "Balkan Chiefs of Army Staff Meet in Thessaloniki" — , April 18, 2006
- "In Brief:Turkish military chief wants planes to be unarmed over the Aegean" — , April 18, 2006
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