Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu will meet in Ankara on April 14, officials said on Wednesday, in a renewed effort to ease months of heightened tensions.
The two NATO allies have long been at loggerheads on a range of issues, including the ethnically divided island of Cyprus, but relations worsened sharply last year over territorial issues and energy resources in the east Mediterranean.
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The announcement of the Ankara meeting, which a Greek diplomatic source said Dendias had accepted in principle, provided “conditions are right”, comes ahead of a European Union summit on March 25-26 to discuss the east Mediterranean issue.
Cavusoglu said the meeting would prepare the ground for talks at a later stage between the leaders of Greece and Turkey.
In late April, the United Nations will convene a meeting of parties in the Cyprus dispute in Geneva, the first such meeting since 2017 when talks collapsed in disarray.
Cyprus was split between a Greek Cypriot south and a Turkish Cypriot north after a Turkish invasion triggered by a brief Greek-inspired coup in 1974. The conflict has complicated efforts to tap potential energy resources around the island.
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