Respect for international law precondition for solid bilateral ties, Greek PM tells Erdogan

TAGS: Politics, Diplomacy, Turkey

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has said that Turkish respect for international law and countries' territorial integrity is a precondition for a solid bilateral relationship between the two Aegean neighbors.

“Differences have always existed and [they exist] today,” Tsipras said during a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Maximos Mansion on Thursday.

“It is important… that we express our disagreements in a constructive way, without provocations,” said Tsipras.

In an interview with Skai TV and Kathimerini newspaper on Wednesday, Erdogan suggested a revision to the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne, which established the borders of modern-day Turkey.

And in comments to Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos earlier Thursday, Erdogan said there were some details in the Lausanne Treaty which are not clear and that a lasting solution to issues in the Aegean and Cyprus was needed.