The next general elections in Turkey marked the deadline for wrapping up exploratory talks with Greece, Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas said in an interview due to appear in the Sunday edition of the newspaper "Kathimerini".

In this, Droutsas indicates that the exploratory talks cannot continue indefinitely and that after the elections, Ankara will have to decide whether to settle the issue or take it to the International Court of Justice at The Hague. He also indicated that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had made certain pledges on this score.

The minister urged Turkey to come to grips with the reality of international maritime law and stop trying to avoid the restrictions this imposed, or using military means to impose its own positions.

"We will not allow this, nor can Turkey affect Greece's rights using these tactics," he stresses in the interview.