- Title: TURKEY: GREEK AND TURKISH DIPLOMATS MEET FOR TALKS IN ANKARA.
- Date: 26th July 1999
- Summary: ANKARA TURKEY (JULY 26, 1999) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. GV/PAN/CU: EXTERIOR OF FOREIGN MINISTRY BUILDING 0.11 2. GV/PAN: ARRIVAL OF THE GREEK DELEGATES TO THE FOREIGN MINISTRY BUILDING 0.25 3. MV/PAN: DELEGATES IN LOBBY 0.32 4. MV/CU: INTERIOR MEETING ROOM/ VARIOUS OF DELEGATES SITING AROUND TABLE (10 SHOTS) 1.30 6. GV/MV: DEPARTURE OF THE DELEGATES FOR LUNCH (5 SHOTS) 2.00 ISTANBUL TURKEY (JULY 26, 1999) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 7. GV/MV/CU: (SOUNDBITE) (English) FOREIGN POLICY COLUMNIST IN DAILY MILLIYET, SAMI KOHEN, SAYING: "The topic of discussion varies from environmental problem to tourism from trade to illegal immigration. These are perhaps minor problems between the two countries but it offers the opportunity of sitting down, having dialogue and discussing measures that could create a more favourable atmosphere for future negotiations. (3 SHOTS) 2.43 8. MCU: BOOKS ON SHELF 2.47 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: ANKARA AND ISTANBUL, TURKEY
- Country: Turkey
- Duration: 00:03:00
- Story Text: Greek and Turkish diplomats have met for talks on
uncontroversial subjects in a bid to find some common ground
to ease tension between the two neighbours and perennial
The talks in the Turkish capital on Monday(July 26)
do not include many of the hot issues that poison relations
between formal NATO allies Turkey and Greece, such as the
status of the divided island of Cyprus and territorial
disputes in the Aegean Sea.
The meeting dealt with tourism in the morning and moved on
to discuss the environment in the afternoon.A second round
planned later this week in Athens is expected to broach the
more contentious issues of terrorism and illegal migration.
Washington is concerned that tension between the two NATO
allies could potentially weaken the southeastern Balkan flank
of the alliance.
Officials close to the talks from both sides say the
meetings are deliberately pitched at an uncontroversial level
and are not expected to produce any major breakthrough.
"These are perhaps minor problems between the two
countries but it offers the opportunity of sitting down,
having dialogue and discussing measures that could create a
more favourable atmosphere for future negotiations," Turkish
newspaper columnist Sami Cohen told Reuters Television.
Turkey and Greece are at odds over a range of issues,
including Cyprus, minority rights and territorial claims in
the Aegean Sea.
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