Turkey, Greece have good will to resolve problems: Greek Deputy FM November 7, 2010Posted by Yilan in Turkey, Yunanistan.
Tags: Greece, Turkey
Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Spyros Kouvelis said on Tuesday that there was good will and confidence between Turkey and Greece for the solution of problems regarding the Aegean Sea.
“A mechanism has been established. The parties are closer to the solution where it was a year ago,” Kouvelis told an exclusive interview with the A.A correspondent in Ankara.
Kouvelis said confidence and cooperation ensured an environment for the parties to say, “we do not consider each other as threat. We consider each other as a reliable partner with whom we can sit and resolve the problems reasonably.”
Regarding the will put forth by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou in Athens to resolve Aegean problem, Kouvelis said communication between the two parties increased, the matters could be identified and the two parties stated their own views about what a solution that can be accepted mutually.
Kouvelis said the parties had to get mutually acceptable things in the context of the international law, and added that the agreement would be achieved in that line.
Kouvelis said he could not say the parties had a specific agreement at this stage which would resolve the problems, and noted that the important thing was that Turkish and Greek peoples should see the confidence and will that had been established.
Greek deputy foreign minister said increase of reciprocal visits and communication between the prime ministers of the two countries was a historic landmark.
Asked if solution was close in the Aegean, Kouvelis said solution was always close when both parties wanted to achieve it.