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How reliable is this source? A commentary in Kathimerini (on the same day...) says:
The Turkish prime minister has repeatedly made conciliatory statements regarding the thorns of Turkish overflights in the Aegean and the threat of war, should Greece exercise its right (in accordance with the Law of the Sea) to double its territorial waters to 12 miles. But he has qualified this in a way that Ankara gets precisely what it wants out of Athens in return. This is not a compromise, it is the dictation of terms.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Oct 26th, 2010 at 03:05:33 AM EST
Well, as initial position "we want to talk, and are interested in a solution, but of course we will be negotiating to get what we want" sounds reasonable. No point in giving up positions before the negotiations starts, which is also why demanding stuff before negotiations can start is such an obvious way not to get negotiations started.

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by A swedish kind of death on Tue Oct 26th, 2010 at 06:33:50 PM EST
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Of course. But I thought that Erdogan had been trying to negotiate with everybody in sight, including Greece, for a while now, so I was wondering whether there was really anything new.

With your attitude you'd never get a job negotiating for the U.S. or Israel...

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Oct 27th, 2010 at 02:17:57 AM EST
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But if Greece is willing to concede on the 12 mile zone around its islands in return for peace and Turkey's recognition of the 12 mile zone for mainland Greece ... that seems like it would be something new.

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by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Thu Oct 28th, 2010 at 08:05:34 PM EST
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