"The EU recognized Turkey as a candidate country in 1999 without expressing any such reservation. The debate is legitimate but you cannot ignore the past," Karamanlis told French daily newspaper Le Figaro in an interview published yesterday. "The EU must maintain its credibility."
The two European leaders discussed defense and security policies and did not touch upon Turkey and Cyprus.
Speaking to the press Karamalis said, "Would it be just or even honest to say to Turkey that what we are proposing today is not exactly the same as what we were proposing six years ago?"
"A European Turkey is in everyone's interest, particularly Greece."
The Greek prime minister also said that "all obstacles created by Turkey in terms of the recognition of Cyprus would be a problem for the negotiation process."