Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias met Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on May 11 as Athens stepped up plans to decrease tension and tighten links with its neighbor.
Kotzias gave a flurry of interviews to Turkish media on the first day of a visit to Turkey aimed at paving the way for bilateral talks on confidence-building measures.
In an interview with Turkish Public Television, Kotzias said “There are a lot of problems, there are differing interests.” “But God cast our dice here. We have to live together.”
Kotzias also said that Cyprus, where reunification talks are to resume, “must become a normal member-state of the EU and develop good and productive relations with Turkey and Greece.” He didn’t mention is already a member of the EU and isn’t recognized by Turkey, which wants to join the bloc.
Kotzias is due in Ankara May 12 for talks with his counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu expected to focus on confidence-building measures. They are also expected to discuss economic cooperation, particularly in tourism.
Since the Radical Left SYRIZA government took power on Jan. 25 and set up a coalition, Turkey has provoked Greece by sending warships into Greek waters and continues to violate Greek air space with fighter jets, and insisted that Athens play a part in brokering a solution on Cyprus.