ATHENS — Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou told Parliament today that Greece will not leave NATO and that he plans to renegotiate the presence of U.S. military bases in Greece.
During a debate on national defense, Greece's Socialist prime minister said, "We are not pulling out of NATO for reasons of national security and because with such a move, war with Turkey might become inevitable, and not because we believe in a future clash between East and West."
Papandreou said the agreement on the operation of U.S. military bases on Greek soil expires in December, 1988, and Greece is ready to negotiate a new agreement.
Greece's ruling Panhellenic Socialist Movement, or PASOK, came to power in 1981 on a platform calling for an end to the presence of U.S. bases in Greece. PASOK had also made Greece's withdrawal from NATO one of its objectives.