De­ci­sive­ness and pru­dence

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Greece must move with de­ci­sive­ness but also pru­dence as far as its re­la­tions with Turkey are con­cerned. There are al­ways those who want to use var­i­ous meth­ods to pro­voke a cri­sis, for rea­sons that only they can truly know. The coun­try paid for this kind of be­hav­ior dur­ing the Imia cri­sis in 1996, when Greece and Turkey came very close to go­ing to war over a dis­pute sur­round­ing an un­in­hab­ited rocky out­crop in the Aegean. Then, sen­sa­tion­al­ism and ex­ag­ger­a­tion con­trib­uted to the sit­u­a­tion es­ca­lat­ing. Greece will de­fend its na­tional in­ter­est, while it is also clear that it has no op­tion but to foster a na­tional un­der­stand­ing and common po­si­tion. It is vi­tal, though, that no ac­tion should be taken if the next step is not clear and has not al­ready been de­cided. We need calm, plan­ning and, of course, clear goals.

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