Turkish-Greek Relations: The Security Dilemma in the Aegean

Turkish-Greek Relations: The Security Dilemma in the Aegean

Turkish-Greek Relations: The Security Dilemma in the Aegean

Turkish-Greek Relations: The Security Dilemma in the Aegean

Synopsis

As a collection, these essays provide not only a detailed, objective and informative survey of the Greek-Turkish relationship but also the various elements of a strategy designed to mitigate, and perhaps even resolve, issues of longstanding contention between the two old enemies.

Excerpt

The Turkish-Greek problems are not new, are well-delineated and have proved unsolvable until very recently when a flurry of interrelated events brought them into the limelight once again: mutual understanding created by the earthquakes that hit both countries in late summer 1999; Turkish acceptance of the eu Helsinki Summit (1999) decisions, comprising acknowledgement of Turkey's candidature, lifting of Greek veto and veiled Turkish acceptance of the Union's relations with Cyprus; agreement to refer Greek-Turkish problems to the International Court of Justice should they not solve them by the end of 2004; EU's promise at long last in the Copenhagen Summit to consider starting membership negotiations with Turkey at the end of 2004 or soon thereafter; imminent Greek Cypriot eu membership on behalf of the whole island; successful Greek efforts to involve the Union into the Cyprus problem; and finally a protracted plan by the un Secretary-General to solve it within a timeframe concomitant with the eu enlargement agenda.

However, it would be naive indeed if we attempt to understand the long-standing Greek-Turkish entanglement from the lenses of recent developments and fail to judge the impact of the not so recent past, marred with its frequent ups and downs, various attempts to solve the problems, and many odd incidents. a Turkish coaster named Figen Akat, for example, ran aground on 25 December 1995 over one of the hitherto unnoticed rocks in the Aegean, 3.8 nautical

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