If Turkey respects international law, Greece will restart relations says Minister

Nikos Dendias

Nikos Dendias

Greece’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Nikos Dendias said that Greece wants to restart relations with Turkey provided the latter respects international law.

Dendias made the comments in a published interview on Saturday's TA NEA newspaper adding that reconnecting with Turkey can bring about positive results.

“The meetings of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as well as my meeting with my counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu, are absolutely beneficial, while the Greece-Turkey Supreme Cooperation Council can also give a boost to our relationship," he added.

"However," Dendias said, "we make it clear that our point of reference is always international law, which does not tolerate war threats or unilateral claims. There are no deductions in our sovereign rights. A prerequisite for improving the current climate is also to stop Turkey from interfering with the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus, by actions that exacerbate its image as a transgressor of international legitimacy," he pointed out.

Regarding Greece's neighbor North Macedonia, Dendias said that Greece expects "to mitigate, as far as possible, the consequences of the disputed points of the Prespes Agreement, for which our party's reaction is well-known, for the sake of fostering a spirit of co-operation, taking into account (North Macedonia's EU) accession as well," he added.