Athens, Greece – The 61st round of “exploratory talks” dialogue meeting between Greece and Turkey has ended; the question now is when, and if, the 62nd will take place.
What is certain is that the five-party talks over Cyprus, under the aegis of the United Nations, will take place sometime in early March 2021. They will include both Cyprus sides, the Greek Republic of Southern Cyprus (GRSC) and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) as well as the guarantor powers: Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
There, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias will meet his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu.
At the conclusion of that meeting, it will be clear if the 62nd round will take place and, likely later, whether conditions are ripe for a meeting between two countries.
At this point, and perhaps in an attempt to get on the good side of the new US administration, Greece appears eager to talk and, to that end, has paused its previous aggressive and provocative moves, such as parading its naval force in seas claimed by Turkey as part of its maritime zone in Mavi Vatan.
Turkey finds itself in a bind position: On the one hand, it would like the channels of communication with its neighbor to continue, or even broaden. But it is not willing to play the “a blind dialogue” in Greece’s effort to create a more supple profile.
To this end, things are clearer in Turkey than in Greece. Turkey wants Greece to choose a diplomatic political dialogue now and to rid itself of the conflict policy in Mavi Vatan. The European Union seems unwilling to sanction Turkey, whilst Greece defiantly violates the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne and the 1947 Treaty of Paris in Mavi Vatan.