ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece will approach talks with Turkey next week over their disputed territorial claims in a hopeful spirit but will not discuss issues it considers as sovereign rights, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Wednesday.
FILE PHOTO: Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis addresses lawmakers on the government's handling of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Athens, Greece, January 15, 2021.
REUTERS/Alkis KonstantinidisMitsotakis was speaking ahead of a parliamentary vote on a bill extending Greece’s western territorial waters to 12 nautical miles from six currently, days before NATO allies Greece and Turkey resume exploratory talks over contested maritime claims in the Aegean.
“We will attend with optimism, self-confidence,” Mitsotakis said, but there would be “zero naivety” from Athens about the talks, which were unofficial and non-binding.
The latter issue remains unresolved, as Greece only wants to discuss the demarcation of maritime zones in the Aegean and the Mediterranean.
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