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Erdogan will visit Athens

The prime ministers of Greece and Turkey met on the sidelines of a Balkan summit in Sarajevo yesterday and discussed the Cyprus issue ahead of the referenda on Saturday. Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis said that his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will visit Athens soon. Although the date was not announced, it is likely to be on May 6-7. «We discussed the Cyprus issue, of course. We repeated our known positions, the positions of the government,» Karamanlis said of the 25-minute meeting. «We discussed bilateral relations and I think we confirmed again the will of both sides to strengthen and improve relations between our two countries. And, of course, as we always do in such meetings, we discussed Turkey’s European prospects,» he added. Erdogan said, «Both sides will maintain our good will.» Neither elaborated on the content of their talks, which were attended by their foreign ministers, and are awaiting the results of the voting on Saturday.