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Greece, Turkey agree on measures to increase Aegean maritime safety

Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias’ statements following his meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (Ankara, 12 May 2015) - Top Story

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias and Turkey’s Mevlut Cavusoglu also vowed during a joint news conference to continue to work to improve the often-frosty relations and said the countries had agreed to increase security and prevent accidents in the Aegean Sea.

“All of the journalists – Greeks and international – are aware of the concerns I have expressed for some months now regarding the destabilization of the Eastern Mediterranean, which is within a triangle, as I always say, formed by Ukraine, Libya, the Middle East. Greece and Turkey are two factors for stability within this region, and we exchanged initial thoughts on how we might institutionalize this potential we have.

We agreed to reopen the exploratory talks, which concern the continental shelf in the Aegean, and to continue the discussion on confidence-building measures, on which I would say we have already had some success. And I thank the Greek side, Greek diplomacy, which worked hard on this, and the Turkish Foreign Ministry. We have already agreed on and announced confidence-building measures for maritime safety, which include 9 technical aspects that we won’t go into in a press conference.

Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias’ statements following his meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (Ankara, 12 May 2015) - Top Story

go to the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for the official  Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias’ statements following his meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (Ankara, 12 May 2015) – Top Story.

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