According to Ibrahim Kalin, spokesman for the Turkish Presidency, Turkey will suspend seabed surveys in an area of the eastern Mediterranean that is controversial with Greece to give diplomatic dialogue a chance.
In an interview with local television station CNN Turk, the Turkish government is looking for options to discuss issues related to continental plates, airspace and hydrocarbon exploration with the Athens executive, Kalin said.
In this context, the spokesman for the Turkish Presidency has stressed that his government is ready to start negotiations with Greece “without preconditions”. Kalin’s comments represent Turkey’s clearest attempt to resolve tensions with Greece after it decided to deploy a seismic research vessel, the “Oruc Reis,” in waters at odds with the neighboring country.
Kalin said that Cyprus, which is at the center of the Turkish prospection conflict in the Mediterranean, should also participate in all negotiations.