Document Date: Nov. 4, 1997
Posting Date:... Nov. 25, 1997
From the Athens News Agency
Ankara, 4/11/1997 (ANA - A.Abatzis)
A second environmental symposium with the participation of scientists and representatives of local government from Greece and Turkey begins in the Aegean resort of Kusadasi today.
The president of the Turkish Union of Municipalities of the Aegean, Engin Berberoglu, told the Anadolu news agency that "at the first symposium, which took place on Mytilini last month, it was decided to undertake joint action with the aim of dealing with the problem of pollution in the Aegean, and turn it into a sea of tourism, trade and co-operation."
Mr. Berberoglu also said that the symposium will contribute to a de-escalation of tension between Greece and Turkey.
According to Anadolu, the symposium will be attended by 94 academics from 16 universities in the two countries, Minister without Portfolio Imren Aykut, who is responsible for environmental issues, and Burhan Kara, responsible for merchant marine issues.