Tread care­fully

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The ag­gres­sion be­ing dis­played by Turkey in the Aegean Sea over the past cou­ple of months is cause for great con­cern and Athens needs to act with de­ter­mi­na­tion while keep­ing a cool head in its re­sponses. Turkey is in the grips of a ma­jor do­mes­tic cri­sis fol­low­ing last sum­mer’s failed coup, and the risk of an “ac­ci­dent” ei­ther be­cause it is planned or be­cause of overzeal­ous­ness on the part of cer­tain play­ers is very present in­deed. How­ever, the ef­fort launched by Con­stan­tine Kara­man­lis in 1975 to reach an agree­ment with Turkey that would set­tle ter­ri­to­rial dis­putes in the Aegean once and for all should by no means be aban­doned. That said, for any such ef­fort to come to a suc­cess­ful con­clu­sion, Turkey needs to fi­nally ex­press its in­ter­est in and com­mit­ment to good-neigh­borly re­la­tions and peace­ful co­ex­is­tence with deeds and not just words.

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