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Turkish Aircraft Incursions

Volume 408: debated on Friday 11 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of recent incursions by Turkish aircraft in the Aegean; and if he will make a statement. [124592]

The conduct of international aviation is governed by international law. Any action which has as its objective the increase of tension or the deterioration of bilateral relations between two countries is a matter of regret to the British Government. The British Government welcome the contacts which continue between the Governments of Greece and Turkey at a political and official level with a view to the consolidation of improvements in bilateral relations.