Confidence Building Measures Advance During Meeting Between Greece and Turkey

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The ongoing dialogue between Greece and Turkey regarding Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) remains a crucial aspect of diplomatic relations between the two nations. Despite clarifications from Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias emphasising that CBMs are not negotiations but rather under the purview of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, discussions have progressed positively.

A recent meeting at the Ministry of National Defence, led by Ambassador Theocharis Lalakos from the Greek side and Deputy Foreign Minister Burak Aktsapar from the Turkish side, unfolded in a notably amicable atmosphere. This atmosphere stood in contrast to recent tensions over maritime disputes.

In a joint communiqué, the delegations announced discussions on the progress of implementing Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) from 2024 and 2025. The next meeting is scheduled to take place in Turkey.

Behind the scenes, discussions advanced significantly regarding actions included in the list of CBMs, particularly those related to military contacts, visits exchanges, and joint activities in non-sensitive areas. Plans for high-level visits by senior military officials are also on the agenda.

The positive momentum continues with Deputy Foreign Minister Kostas Fragogoyannis's upcoming trip to Turkey to discuss the positive agenda with his counterpart, Burak Aktsapar. Speculation surrounds the potential for new agreements or announcements during the anticipated meeting between Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, tentatively scheduled for May 13.

Despite differences, diplomatic sources reaffirm the Athens Declaration's significance in defusing tensions between Greece and Turkey. Both sides recognise the importance of maintaining calm and avoiding further escalation, particularly amid regional turmoil and ongoing conflicts.

While the Cyprus issue remains a point of contention, Athens seeks cooperative management with the Cypriot side to navigate potential tensions.

(Source: Efsyn)

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