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Turkey, Greece continue confidence-building efforts

Second of technical meetings, delegations of two sides held 'constructive' talks in Turkey, says official statement

Gözde Bayar   | 20.06.2019
Turkey, Greece continue confidence-building efforts

ANKARA 

Turkey hosted a Greek delegation for technical negotiations in the capital Ankara to enhance cooperation in the Aegean Sea, the National Defense Ministry said on Thursday. 

“Conducted in a constructive atmosphere, second round of technical meetings in Ankara between Turkish and Greek delegations were concluded today”, read a ministry statement.

The meetings focused on confidence-building measures and improving cooperation in the Aegean Sea, it added.

Last month, a Turkish defense delegation visited Athens for a technical meeting with Greek officials to boost cooperation, especially in confidence-building measures and code of conduct in the Aegean Sea.

Turkey says hydrocarbon drilling activities, the source of tension between the two countries, in the Eastern Mediterranean region are based on its legitimate rights stemming from international law.

Turkey has consistently contested the Greek Cypriot administration’s unilateral drilling in the Eastern Mediterranean, saying Turkish Cypriots also have rights to the resources in the area.

In 1974, following a coup aiming at Cyprus’ annexation by Greece, Ankara intervened as a guarantor power. In 1983, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) was founded.

The decades since have seen several attempts to resolve the dispute, all ending in failure. The latest one, held with the participation of the guarantor countries -- Turkey, Greece, and the U.K. -- ended in 2017 in Switzerland.

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