Greece and Turkey conclude first round of exploratory talks

The exploratory contacts between Greece and Turkey have completed with the Greek delegation leaving Constantinople (Κωνσταντινούπολις, Turkish: İstanbul).

The talks lasted a little over three hours and Greek diplomats left Constantinople at 15:00 Greek time.

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As it was known, Greece came to the talks, after almost five years, with the subject of discussion only the demarcation of the sea zones (Exclusive Economic Zones, continental shelf, territorial waters).

The issue is currently monopolizing the interest of Turkish media, while an announcement is expected from the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The meeting was also attended by İbrahim Kalın, a spokesman and close associate of the Turkish president, which marked the indirect presence of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at the negotiating table.

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İbrahim Kalın.

It is expected that little will result from these talks as Turkey maintains that it does not want to follow customary international law via the United Nations Charter Law of the Sea as it does not favour Ankara’s maximalist claims and “Blue Homeland” idea.

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Turkey’s envisioned Blue Homeland that aims to steal Greek islands and maritime space.