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Greek, Turkish PMs address joint press conference

Δημοσίευση 10 Ιανουαρίου 2011, 11:36 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Greek, Turkish PMs address joint press conference
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The Prime Ministers of Greece, George Papandreou, and Turkey, Tayyip Erdogan, on Friday declared that Greek-Turkish relations are already in a new era, while at the same time appealed for the continuation and consolidation of this new, mutually, beneficial era.

The Prime Ministers of Greece, George Papandreou, and Turkey, Tayyip Erdogan, on Friday declared that Greek-Turkish relations are already in a new era, while at the same time appealed for the continuation and consolidation of this new, mutually, beneficial era.

"We cannot build our future on the difficulties of the past, or the negative language of the past. We must leave these behind and we can work, to create a new language, so that we can build our future," the Turkish prime minister said during the two leaders' joint press conference on Friday evening, and proposed the re-determining of the way with which Greek-Turkish relations are described.

"Maybe we must change our approach, from that of neighbourliness, towards a partnership relation. We should characterise our relation in this way," he said.

Papandreou accepted his Turkish counterpart's observations and stressed that "our visionary targets, that will provide the momentum, for us, the governments of the two countries, as well as for our peoples, is for us to proceed to a different base of peace and cooperation, that will be in the benefit of all."

Erdogan said on his part that "we must avoid using terminology that can cause a problem between the two countries, because our target is to bring our peoples close, so that we can have a better future in the Mediterranean and the Aegean so that we can have a sea of peace."

Papandreou further said "we are not bound by the past. On the contrary. We are discussing the problems of the past with great sincerity," adding that this is creating an even greater obligation "for us to forge ahead systematically, because we know that basically both peoples, just like tho two governments, want, but it is also in our interest, to take the steps ahead for a radically different relation."

Papandreou went on to say that "the trust we are creating, is based precisely on the sincerity we have between us as well to face problems of the past." He referred in particular to the importance of the good personal relation that the two prime ministers have for the consolidation of Greek-Turkish relations.

Leftist parties on PM's visit

The Communist Party of Greece (KKE), in an announcement on the occasion of the Greek prime minister's visit to Erzurum on Friday and his talks with his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan, spoke of a "'partnership alliance that is in the phase of completion through secret diplomacy as well."

"The people must not be deceived by the prime minister's declarations about a new peaceful era in Greek-Turkish relations, or by his so-called bold references to Turkish airspace violations. Dangerous agreements are being promoted behind this at the expense of the peoples, the country's sovereign rights, particularly in the Aegean."

On his part, the parliament head of the Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) Alexis Tsipras called on Papandreou to brief political party leaders over his talks in Turkey, while also expressing a wish, as he said, "the prime minister's transformation yesterday (Friday), before Turkish diplomats and a reminder of Turkey's self-evident commitments vis-à-vis international law, are a sincere act".

Turkish FM on Erzurum contacts

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, speaking after the conclusion of the 3rd annual conference of Turkish ambassadors, said that "Mr. Papandreou's participation (in the conference of the Turkish ambassadors in Erzurum) proves on what a right path our relations are on."

Davutoglu added that "we shall overcome psychological obstacles in this way" and that Turkey has the will to lead its relations with neighbouring countries to the highest level.

Replying to questions on what Papandreou said about "invasion" and "occupation" in Cyprus and to the violations of Greek airspace, Davutoglu said that all that the Greek prime minister said in Erzurum "is Greece's known view" and that "our positions on these issues are known, and our prime minister raised them with clarity."

The Turkish foreign minister further said that "nobody can impose a position on the other side, and on Turkey in particular. Our positions are mutually known."

Davutoglu pointed out, however, that "in general Mr. Papandreou's messages constituted messages of friendship and cooperation."