Turkey sends fire-fighting plane to Greece

Monday, August 27, 2007

ANKARA - Turkey said Monday that it would send a fire-fighting plane to neighbouring Greece where devastating forest fires have killed more than 60 people.

"After consultations with Greek officials, we have decided to dispatch a fire-fighting plane as our contribution to the international effort against the forest fires in Greece," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

The plane would leave Turkey later Monday, it added.

At least 63 people have died in forest fires that have been raging across Greece in the past four days.

NATO allies Turkey and Greece have a long history of troubled ties and remain at odds on several issues such as the boundaries of their air space and territorial waters in the Aegean Sea separating them.

Relations between the two neighbors have in recent years begun to thaw, especially after 1999 when they rushed to help each other after deadly earthquakes hit both countries a few weeks apart.

08/27/2007 14:49 GMT

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