Erdoğan says course of talks on Mediterranean dispute to depend on steps taken by Greece

Duvar English

Turkish
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and NATO Secretary-General Jens
Stoltenberg held a phone call on Sept. 23 and discussed the situation
in the eastern Mediterranean.

The phone conversation came a day after Turkey and Greece agreed to resume talks over their contested maritime claims in the region.

Erdoğan told Stoltenberg that the “future course of the announced exploratory talks will be contingent on the sincere steps Greek will take to clear the air,” according to a statement released by Turkish Presidency.

Erdoğan said that Turkey is in favor of dialogue and reducing tension in the region and this was made clear not only by rhetoric but also through Ankara’s actions.

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Following the phone talk, Stoltenberg wrote on Twitter: “Spoke with President @RTErdogan about the situation in the #EastMed and the ongoing efforts @NATO for military de-confliction to avoid incidents & accidents. Both Turkey and Greece are valued Allies and #NATO is a platform for dialogue,” he wrote.

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Ömer
Çelik, spokesman for Erdoğan’s ruling Justice and Development
Party (AKP), said on Sept. 22 that preparations for the resumption of
talks with Greece were under way and that the two sides were working
on the parameters.

The Greek foreign ministry also confirmed the talks, saying the exploratory talks will be held soon in Istanbul, without providing any precise date.

Greece and Turkey have held talks on continental shelf disputes before – the last were in 2016.

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About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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