Ankara, Turkey – Resumption of direct Greek-Turkish talks will be prepared on advisor’s level, says EU spokesman after trilateral meeting.

Turkey and Greece are moving for a resumption of exploratory talks amid disputes in the Eastern Mediterranean, according to an EU spokesperson.

It is reported that Greece and Turkey will address the problems stemming from the Aegean Sea to Eastern Mediterranean by reactivating the “exploratory talks” mechanism, which was launched in 2002 but suspended in 2016.

In a Tuesday video meeting, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and European Council head Charles Michel “discussed a resumption of direct Greek-Turkish exploratory talks. This will be further prepared on the advisor’s level,” EU spokesman Barend Leyts told reporters afterwards.

The three leaders discussed “various aspects of the bilateral relations between the EU and Turkey” ahead of an EU Council meeting, focusing on the recent tension in the Eastern Mediterranean, he said.

Greece has disputed Turkey’s energy exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean, trying to box in Turkish maritime territory based on small islands near the Turkish coast.

Turkey – the country with the longest coastline in the Mediterranean – has sent out drill ships to explore for energy reserves on its continental shelf, saying that both Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) have rights in the region.

In order to reduce tensions, Turkey has called for dialogue to ensure the fair sharing of resources.

The EU also called for negotiations between the parties.

EU leaders will discuss the conflict as well as the bloc’s relations with Turkey during an extraordinary summit in Brussels scheduled for this week but postponed to October 1-2, as a member of EU Council head Charles Michel’s security team tested positive for coronavirus and went into quarantine.

In order to prepare for the leaders’ meeting, the European Parliament will pass a resolution on the topic this week.

What are ‘Types of talk’?

Types of talk are Exploratory Talk, Disputational Talk and Cummulative Talk. But what exactly is a ‘type of talk’?

The characterization of the three types and variations of talks:

Disputational Talk, which is characterized by disagreement and individualized decision making. There are few attempts to pool resources, to offer constructive criticism or make suggestions. Disputational talk also has some characteristic discourse features – short exchanges consisting of assertions and challenges or counter assertions.

Cumulative Talk, in which speakers build positively but uncritically on what the others have said. Partners use talk to construct ‘common knowledge’ by accumulation. Cumulative discourse is characterized by repetitions, confirmations and elaborations.

Exploratory Talk, in which partners engage critically but constructively with each other’s ideas. Statements and suggestions are offered for joint consideration. These may be challenged and counter-challenged, but challenges are justified and alternative hypotheses are offered. Partners all actively participate, and opinions are sought and considered before decisions are jointly made. Compared with the other two types, in Exploratory Talk knowledge is made more publicly accountable and reasoning is more visible in the talk.

Types of talk are perhaps a way of seeing more than they are a coding scheme.