Greek opposition socialist leader George Papandreou has said he will try to improve relations with Turkey, if he wins the snap election being held on October 4th.
Instrumental in rebuilding relations with Ankara during the 1990’s, Panpandreou’s PASOK party leads opinion polls by a wide margin. Papandreou has accused current prime minister Costas Karamanlis of failing to build on warming ties. Relations between Greece and Turkey have often been tense, particularly over territorial issues and the divided island of Cyprus. Athens has repeatedly protested about Turkish fighter jet sorties over its populated Islands. Papandreou wants to see steps from Ankara to respect Greece’s borders and warned hurdles had cropped up that could affect Turkey’s chances of joining the EU.