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Greece says ties with Turkey 'static'

world Updated: Jan 12, 2009 22:26 IST
Greece says ties with Turkey 'static'

Government officials in Greece say efforts to improve relations with Turkey have stalled because of a dispute over airspace boundaries between the two neighbors. Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis described Greek-Turkish ties as "static," following a security meeting Monday, chaired by Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis.

Greece made a formal complaint to Ankara last week, accusing Turkey for flying its jets over a populated Greek island and harassing a search-and-rescue mission in the Aegean Sea. Turkey did not comment on the allegations.

The two NATO members are at odds over airspace boundaries in the eastern Aegean Sea.