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Greece, Turkey to resume exploratory talks by early March – Cyprus on the agenda

Greek and Turkish officials are likely to meet again at the end of February or in early March to revive efforts to resolve a maritime boundary dispute, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said.

The two NATO allies have been at odds over a number of decades-old issues including the extent of their continental shelves, overflights in the Aegean Sea and divided due to a Turkish invasion Cyprus.

Mitsotakis is to visit the EU-member island on Monday to coordinate action with President Nicos Anastasiades in view of a 5-party summit on Cyprus brokered by the UN early in March.

In 2002-2016, Greece an turkey held dozens of rounds of talks to try to lay the groundwork for full negotiations over the delimitation of maritime zones.

After a four-year pause, prolonged by a dispute over overlapping claims for energy resources in the Eastern Mediterranean last year, the two resumed the exploratory talks on Jan. 25.

That meeting in Istanbul, the 61st round, ended after a few hours but both sides said they had agreed to meet again in Athens.

Mitsotakis said the talks are likely to resume by early March, ahead of an EU summit on March 25.


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