Istanbul hosted Greek-Turkish talks on January 25 (Anatolia)
The Turkish Foreign Ministry announced today, Friday, that the 63rd round of consultative talks with Greece to discuss the situation in the Aegean Sea and the eastern Mediterranean will be held next Wednesday.
The ministry said, in a statement, that the next round will be held in Ankara on October 6.
The last round was held in Athens on March 16, while Istanbul hosted the 61st round on January 25, 2021, and since then the term “advisory” rather than “exploratory” has been used to describe the talks.
The first round of talks between the two countries was launched in 2002 in Ankara, in order to prepare the ground for a “just, lasting and comprehensive” solution acceptable to both sides to address their differences in the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas.
On Friday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry confirmed that Greece’s strict claims regarding maritime jurisdiction areas and airspace are contrary to international law.
This came on the lips of the Ministry’s spokesman, Tango Bilgic, in a written response to a question about the statement of Greek Defense Minister Nikos Panayotopoulos that the defense agreement signed between his country and France includes the maritime jurisdiction areas.
Bilgic stressed that “Greece’s extremist claims regarding the (limits) maritime jurisdiction areas and airspace are inconsistent with international law.”
He pointed out that “Greece is under the illusion that it can push Ankara to accept these allegations, which are questionable by the international community, by concluding bilateral military alliances against Turkey to the detriment of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).”
The spokesman stressed that Athens’ belief that Ankara could be forced to accept these allegations in this way was “pure fantasy.”