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NATO chief calls for closer Greek/Turkish ties

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NATO chief calls for closer Greek/Turkish ties


NATO chief, Denmark’s Anders Fogh Rasmussen, has held talks with Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis.

Rasmussen called on Greece to improve its relations with Turkey in order to smooth NATO missions in which both countries serve, particularly in Afghanistan. Both men believe something must be done to tighten up NATO/EU missions on the ground. “ We have not been able to conclude a security agreement between NATO and the EU. At the end of the day the lack of a security agreement might put our personnel on the ground at risk,” Rasmussen said. The EU, along with Canada and New Zealand, contributes to a police force of 157 officers whose main role is training local Afghan security forces. The EU also provides billions of euros in aid for reconstruction. From Greece Rasmussen travels to Turkey, which fought hard to keep him out of the NATO hot seat following the perceived Danish cartoon insult to Islam.

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