Tomorrow, the 62nd round of exploratory contacts between Greece and Turkey will be hosted in Athens.
The Greek delegation is led by Ambassador Pavlos Apostolidis and the Turkish side by Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Önal.
Angelos Syrigos, a Member of Parliament, Deputy Minister of Education and Associate professor of International Law and Foreign Policy at Panteion University, offered comments about the meeting on Skai.
“Turkey has not been enthusiastic about exploratory talks, that was clear,” Syrigos said.
“We have to understand that for these discussions, there are diplomats and no political decision can be made,” he said.
He explained that diplomats convey to politicians what is being discussed in an exploratory context.
It is not yet clear whether İbrahim Kalın, chief adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, will take part in tomorrow’s meeting like he did in the previous exploratory talks held in Turkey.
The framework set by Athens for exploratory contacts is very specific and concerns the discussion on the Exclusive Economic Zone and the continental shelf.
However, this was not discussed by Turkey at the 61st round held in Constantinople (Κωνσταντινούπολις, Turkish: İstanbul) as the Turks tried to discuss unrelated issues.
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