Greece and Turkey, both members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), opened talks in Ankara on July 26 to explore ways of improving economic co-operation and expand tourism between the two countries.
GVs/SVs Various shots of Greek and Turkish delegation at the conference table (4 shots)
GV Mustafa Aksin, head of Turkish delegation, speaking
GV Nicolas Athanasiou, head of Greek delegation speaking
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Background: Greece and Turkey, both members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), opened talks in Ankara on July 26 to explore ways of improving economic co-operation and expand tourism between the two countries. The three days of talks, held in the Turkish capital's Foreign Ministry building, represent the first official bi-lateral discussions in several years. Relations between the two neighbours have been periodically strained, plunging to an all-time low when Turkey invaded the northern area of Cyprus in 1974, effectively partitioning the island. At the Ankara negotiations Mustafa Aksin, leading the Turkish delegation, and Nicolas Anthanasiou, who headed the Greek negotiating team, expressed their mutual desire to contribute positively to better relations between the two NATO partners. It was decided that the two delegations would begin with the non-controversial subjects of economic co-operation and increasing tourism. Although only at ambassadorial level, these discussions are considered as the start of a dialogue which the delegations eventually hope to expand to include other areas of mutual interest.