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NATO urges Greece, Turkey to resolve damaging rift

NATO urges Greece, Turkey to resolve damaging rift

NATO's secretary-general is urging neighbors Greece and Turkey to find "pragmatic solutions" to their disputes which he says are holding up a deal for improved security cooperation in Afghanistan.
Anders Fogh Rasmussen is visiting Greece and Turkey to try and break the impasse he says is being caused by the rift between the NATO allies.
Turkey does not recognize the Greek Cypriot-led government on the divided island of Cyprus and retains 35,000 troops in the breakaway Turkish Cypriot north. The dispute is hampering closer cooperation between NATO and the EU, which are both active in missions to train Afghanistan's police and military.
Rasmussen met in Athens on Thursday with Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis.


Updated : 2021-06-14 21:15 GMT+08:00