Greece and Turkey resume negotiations on maritime borders for the first time in 4 years

Turkey and Greece on January 25 in Istanbul resumed talks on disputed territorial claims after a four-year pause.




Hurriyet reports about it.

Ankara and Athens held 60 rounds of talks from 2002 to 2016, which were then suspended due to Greek objections over the content.

Bilateral talks continued in the form of political consultations but did not reach the issue of mineral exploration.

Greece only wants to solve the issue of the demarcation of maritime zones in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean. Turkey says that all issues, including airspace and the status of some Aegean islands, should be resolved.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said last week that he would not discuss issues he considers sovereign rights.

He added that if the two sides cannot agree, they should at least agree on a way to take the dispute to an international judicial body.

Turkey has accused Greece of militarizing the Aegean Islands in violation of international and bilateral agreements. Greece denies Turkey’s claims and claims that the only problem between the two neighbors is maritime delimitation.




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