Turkish Premier: it is wrong to have problems with Greece in the region
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that it was wrong to have problems with Greece in the region, Anadolu Agency reported.
Erdogan assessed his talks in United Arab Emirates where he attended the opening session of the Third World Energy Summit as speaker.
Regarding his talks with Greek President Karolos Papoulias, Erdogan said that they discussed relations between Turkey and Greece as well as Cyprus issue.
Erdogan said, "we told him that Turkey supports the process with sincerity."
Erdogan said that a positive result might be reached, if Turkey and Greece extended support as the two guarantor countries.
Erdogan said that he also discussed the problems in Western Thrace.
Erdogan noted that he was expecting a responsive letter from Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, and he was planning to visit Athens after he received the letter.
He said that he would discuss these issues in a detailed way with Papandreou during his visit to Athens.
"Because, it is not right to have a problematic process with Greece in the region. We have nearly 130,000 kinsmen in Western Thrace. They are dealing with some problems. It is necessary to eliminate these problems. We have nearly 3,000 Greek citizens among the minorities in Turkey, and they have some problems too. We said we should mutually solve these problems," noted Erdogan.