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Turkey must investigate ‘wildfire’ claims, Dimas says

Ankara must investigate recent claims by former Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz about Turkish agents operating in Greece during the 1990s, Greek Foreign Minister Stavros Dimas said Wednesday.

The request was made Wednesday during a meeting with Turkey?s Minister for European Union Affairs Egemen Bagis in Athens. Bagis is here on a private visit.

Yilmaz told a Turkish newspaper in December that Turkey?s intelligence service deliberately set forest fires in Greece in the mid-90s. He has since retracted his comments, saying they were ?distorted.?

Speaking to journalists after the meeting Wednesday, Bagis repeated that comments by the former premier had been misinterpreted.