Greek press analyses the Erdoğan - Mitsotakis meeting

Fri, 22 Sep 2023 9:34 GMT
Greek media stated that the normalisation steps taken between Türkiye and Greece continue.
Greek press analyses the Erdoğan - Mitsotakis meeting

The importance of the High Level Cooperation Council meeting to be held in Thessaloniki in December was emphasised.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met with Prime Minister Kiryakos Mitsotakis at the Turkish House in New York.

The Erdoğan-Mitsotakis summit had a wide repercussion in the Greek press.

Details were included to maintain the positive climate in bilateral relations.

Ta Nea: Rapprochement will proceed step by step

Ta Nea newspaper, in its article titled "Strong desire to maintain the positive climate", emphasised that the rapprochement between the two countries will progress step by step.

Kathimerini: Sincere intentions

Kathimerini newspaper, on the other hand, carried the Erdoğan-Mitsotakis meeting under the headline "Road map for dialogue in calm waters in the Aegean" and said the following:

During his meeting with Turkish President Erdogan, Mitsotakis expressed his sincere intention to maintain the low-tension climate that has prevailed in recent months.

Full normalisation step

Emphasising that the meeting was held in a positive atmosphere, the following statements were made regarding the High Level Cooperation Council (HLC) meeting to be held between the two countries in Thessaloniki on 7 December:

According to the Greek side, this is a step towards the full normalisation of relations between the two countries.

CNN: The road looks long

In CNN Greece's article titled 7+1 elements changing the climate in Turkish-Greek relations, "Despite the determination of both sides, the road seems long." It was pointed out that the difficult issues on the agenda will be addressed in the coming months.

Among the reasons cited for the favourable change in the climate between the two countries were the new governments with strong popular support in Greece, Türkiye and the Greek Cypriot Administration of Southern Cyprus (GASC).

The article commented that the only certainty in the relations between the two countries is that the Cyprus issue remains a problem.

Comments from the Opposition

The press office of the main opposition party, the Radical Left Alliance (SYRIZA), said in a statement that the Erdogan-Michotakis meeting and the agreement on the road map, which includes new contacts with Türkiye, was also a positive development.

The statement criticised Mitsotakis for not referring to the Cyprus problem during the meeting, arguing that this could send a "wrong message" to Türkiye.

In a statement issued by the centre-left PASOK, the 3rd party in the Greek Parliament, it was criticised that the Cyprus issue was not mentioned in the meeting.

They met in New York

Turkish President Erdoğan, who is in New York to attend the 78th General Assembly of the United Nations (UN), received Mitsotakis at the Turkevi yesterday.

In a statement released by the Turkish Communications Directorate, it was stated that Erdoğan and Mitsotakis met in New York with the participation of Foreign Ministers Hakan Fidan and his counterpart Giorgos Gerapetritis.

In the statement, it was reported that the two leaders affirmed the current positive climate in the relations between Türkiye and Greece and their determination to preserve it, and it was noted that the deputy foreign ministers responsible for political dialogue and positive agenda will meet in mid-October, Confidence Building Measures meetings will be held in November and the Türkiye-Greece High Level Cooperation Council meeting will be held on December 7 in Thessaloniki.

The statement said that the two leaders also exchanged views on regional and international issues and discussed cooperation on the climate crisis and irregular migration.

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