Greek-Turkish talks

Talks between the Greek and Turkish prime ministers, scheduled to take place in Athens in a few weeks’ time, promise to be extremely interesting. By then the results of the Cypriot referenda will have been studied and evaluated, Cyprus will have become a member of the European Union, there will probably have been some initial international reactions to this significant development, and yet another round (the 25th) of Greek-Turkish «exploratory» talks and «strictly confidential» discussions about the delineation of the continental shelf – and other related topics – will have taken place. The fact that, earlier this week, Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced their decisions to embark upon official talks in Athens on or around May 10 is proof that both sides genuinely want to avoid any interruption of ongoing Greek-Turkish «dialogue» which started during Costas Simitis’s term in government… And according to Karamanlis’s aides, we might even see some «interesting» developments from ongoing exploratory talks before the Athens summit. It will be interesting to see exactly what these developments will be. And it will be equally interesting to discover the new government’s stance on much-discussed Aegean issues…

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