Mitsotakis’ prayer

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (r) greets the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan (l), after the end of their meeting in Athens on December 7. [Dimitris Papamitsos/PM's Press Office]

No issue was resolved during Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Athens, but a new beginning was made. Many people wonder how long it will last, due to past history with Turkey, but it was a good step forward. The Athens Declaration may not be binding, but it exists and we can invoke it everywhere, if the Turkish president turns things around. The main thing is that a sense of relief was created in the two peoples on either side of the Aegean, which is extremely valuable in an age when we only hear about wars and bloodshed.

"So what?" the impatient will ask. "This is important," we'll answer. In international relations, nothing happens automatically, even if this is the impression that those of us who like to read history sometimes think. History moves slowly, despite the impression created by books, which present a succession of milestones without us realizing...

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