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UPDATED: 09:00, May 15, 2007
Greek, Austrian leaders meet on ties, Turkey's EU bid
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Greek President Karolos Papoulias met with his Austrian counterpart Heinz Fischer on Monday and said that Greece needs to make efforts to address its trade imbalance with Austria.

Meanwhile, Fischer spoke of Turkey's EU accession process, describing it as time-consuming.

On bilateral economic relations, Papoulias said there were margins for improvement on the Greek side, attributing Greece's trade deficit with Austria to the "laid-back" attitude of Greek entrepreneurs.

The two presidents also described as "exceptional" relations between the two countries in the sectors of tourism and culture, and also their cooperation in international organizations.

As for Turkey's pursuance of EU membership, Fischer said it would be time-consuming, given that the country's progress in fulfilling EU economic and political criteria must be ascertained.

Fischer also called for a settlement of the political crisis in Turkey on the basis of democratic principles, "which are of decisive importance for the European family."

Fischer arrived here Monday for a three-day visit.

Source: Xinhua

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