Kotzias – Cavusoglu meeting in Crete

Kotzias – Cavusoglu meeting in Crete

Crete, August 27, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, is expected to arrive in Greece, late this evening and more specifically in Elounda, Crete, at the invitation of his Greek counterpart Nikos Kotzias.

Under tight security, the Turkish Foreign Minister will arrive in Crete, where on Sunday, the two heads of the Greek and Turkish diplomacy will discuss the state of bilateral relations between the two countries, the developments in Turkey after the failed coup of July 15th, the Syrian crisis and the new formed landscape in the region of South Eastern Mediterranean. Nevertheless, the process of discussion of the Cyprus problem and the issue of guarantees, terrorism and of course of the refugee issue and refugee flows is a part of their agenda.

The Greek diplomacy considers a necessity the existence of an open communication channel between the two countries, something which has been achieved at its maximum during the time the leadership of the Greek Foreign Ministry is under Nikos Kotzias. The Summit in March in Izmir demonstrated the will of the two governments for more and better cooperation.

The change in the Prime Ministry of Turkey did not affect the relationship between the two countries, while the immediate reaction of the Greek government, at the failed coup of July 15, has made Greece stand out from the other European countries, a fact that was stressed emphatically in the meeting of the Turkish Ambassador in Athens, Kerim Uras, with the Greek Prime Minister, upon delivering the letter Ahmet Davutoglu sent to European leaders.

Greece wants Turkey to remain stabilized and continue on its European perspective. Turkey can become a factor of stability or instability in a region which is plagued by conflict. The aim of the Greek government, but also of the Greek Foreign Minister, is to support Turkey’s European course, with respect to international law. Indeed, that is what former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu requested in his letter from European leaders, support.

The agenda of the two ministers is enlarged, and there is will from both sides – as shown by the visit of Mevlut Cavusoglu in Greece – to discuss all the issues, in an atmosphere of mutual trust.

Greece’s position on the issue of the eight Turkish military fugitives has been clearly expressed by the Greek Government via Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the head of the Greek diplomacy Nikos Kotzias.

Nikos Kotzias has said on the issue of the application of asylum by the 8 Turkish military fugitives that it will be considered based on what is provided by the relevant Greek and international legislation and due processes will be kept as derived by international law.

The clear position of the Greek side does not leave room for the Turkish Foreign Ministry to spent more time on the issue of the eight fugitives, nor to press for their release outside the institutional framework. This does not mean that there won’t be a discussion on the issue, as well as the new asylum applications filed, according to press reports, in Evros and Rhodes.