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Greeks and Turks begin major gas project

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Greeks and Turks begin major gas project


It has been a bridge over deeply troubled waters for years but on Sunday the crossing over the Evros river that separates Greece and Turkey was the site for a ceremony proving relations are warming. Work has begun on a joint construction project to build a gas pipeline that will eventually provide all of Europe with supplies from the Caucasus. The two country’s prime ministers, who enjoy a close personal relationship, shook hands and agreed it would be a milestone on the road to improving the way their peoples lived and worked together. The 300 kilometre-long pipeline will be operational next year, and eventually continue into Italy, forming part of the Southern European Gas Ring Project. Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan thanked Greece’s Costas Caramanlis for his support for Turkey’s EU membership bid. Caramanlis responded by saying Greece fully supported Turkey’s reforms programme to satisfy EU demands and would help in whatever way it could. He also confirmed he would soon be visiting Ankara, the first Greek leader to do so since 1959.

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