By James Ker-Lindsay
While Abdullah Ocalan, chief of the Kurdistan staff' get together (PKK), was once arrested in February 1999 it marked a turning aspect in kin among Greece and Turkey. because the country's so much sought after guy, his arrest was once greeted with jubilation all through such a lot of Turkey. despite the fact that, it additionally ended in a public outcry whilst it emerged that he were captured leaving the Greek Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. This used to be visible as definitive facts that the Greek govt were supporting and abetting the PKK. within the days and weeks that the arrest, family among the Aegean neighbours sank to their lowest point because the summer season of 1974, whilst Athens and Ankara had come to the threshold of conflict over Cyprus.Yet, by means of the top of the yr, the image couldn't were extra various. an out of this world sequence of occasions that incorporated a nearby clash, significant failures and the demise of a senior Greek flesh presser had ended in an entire transformation within the family members among the 2 international locations. The crowning second of this variation got here in December whilst Greece dropped its long-standing competition to Turkish candidacy for european club. How did this extraordinary swap happen? Who should still take the credits? And what did it suggest for diplomatic kinfolk within the jap Mediterranean? this can be the tale of ways nations begun down a route to peace after many years of anxiety and hostility and the way, over the process one enormous yr, kin among Greece and Turkey went from the threshold of clash to an extraordinary confirmation of friendship and unity.
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The following March, he made another attempt to promote dialogue by stating his willingness to meet with his Greek counterpart ‘anywhere, anytime’ to discuss the issues of difference. 49 However, despite his calls for improved relations, Özal was unwilling or unable to meet Greek demands that Turkey give up all its claims to the various parts of the Aegean. In view of this, Papandreou rejected Özal’s overtures on the grounds of insincerity and refused all attempts to convene a face-to-face meeting.
Stating that such moves would be contrary to the Berne Declaration, Ankara made it clear that it would adopt whatever means necessary to prevent Greek attempts to explore outside of its own waters. ’53 Soon afterwards, the Greek Government authorised the, now stateowned, company to begin exploration in the in international waters off Thasos. Turkey, arguing that the absence of a delimitation treaty meant that the area being explored by Greece was also open to Turkish exploration, issued a licence, on 25 March 1987, to its own state petroleum company to begin work in international waters.
With the support of a group of other nationalists, and acting with the assistance of some members in the Greek security services, they had managed to transport him from Italy to the Greek island of Corfu. Soon after his arrival the Greek Government became aware of his presence. Realising the danger this had created, around 3 February it had flown him to Kenya. There he was installed in the Greek Embassy compound without the knowledge or authorisation of the Kenyan Government. The Greek authorities hoped that they would be able to find an African country that would be prepared to take him in.