Erdoğan, Greek PM Mitsotakis to meet in New York

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is scheduled to meet Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly set to take place in New York between September 17-30.

The pair will discuss increased disagreements in the Eastern Mediterranean, Turkey's activities in Cyprus' exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and the Cypriot ghost town of Famagusta, Greek newspaper Kathimerini reported.

Tensions are soaring between Turkey, Greece and Cyprus over drilling for offshore gas. Ankara claims some of what Nicosia sees as its EEZ and is demanding Turkish Cypriots in the breakaway north of the island get a share of revenue from any deposits.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded the north in response to a Greek Cypriot coup aiming to unite the island with Greece. Since then, the internationally recognised Republic of Cyprus has controlled the southern two-thirds of the island, and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, only recognised by Turkey, the northern third.

Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis on Tuesday said Turkey “continues to provoke” in its approach towards the divided of Cyprus and that Ankara was becoming isolated internationally.

“Turkey’s illegal behaviour off of the Republic of Cyprus continues to provoke,” AP quoted Mitsotakis as saying during a meeting with visiting Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades in Athens. “Accompanied by a confrontational rhetoric, this also demonstrates its international isolation.”

Anastasiades’ visit arrived a day after efforts to restart negotiations to reunify the island hit a snag, when Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Greek Cypriots had to agree Turkish Cypriots would have equal say in decision-making in order for talks could resume.