Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Thursday that Turkey and Greece should turn the problems into advantage by agreeing on a common vision for future.
Davutoglu, who attended Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Ministers Council meeting in Greece on December 1-2 in Athens, had an interview with the Ta Nea newspaper in Greece.

Davutoglu commented on relations between Turkey and Greece in the past and visions of both parties.

"When I was an academician, I had the conviction that differences of views between Turkey and Greece in 1950's during the cold war were unnecessary and damaged both countries. Both countries pursued foreign policies on basis of the view that relations of the two countries were in competition," Davutoglu said.

"This led to the idea that 'the thing that is beneficial to one country is dangerous to the other'. This misunderstanding should be eliminated and the parties should give up spending their money and energy on armament," he said.

Referring to the visit of Greek Prime Minister and Foreign Minister George Papandreou to Turkey, Davutoglu said the visit constituted an important gesture as it took place shortly after he took office.

Foreign Minister Davutoglu said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a letter reflecting his vision on Turkish-Greek relations after Papandreou's visit.

Davutoglu said all the matters included in the letter were taken up comprehensively during his meeting with Papandreou and expressed pleasure over the stance of Greece.

Commenting on violations in and over the Aegean, Davutoglu said progress was recorded within the scope of long lasting exploratory talks, yet noted it should be speeded up.

Davutoglu also referred to Cyprus issue and said East Mediterranean should turn into a region of peace, prosperity and stability, and noted that Cyprus played "key" role for such a change.

He said Turkey supported a fair and lasting solution on the island that united the parties, ensured rights of the two communities and was in line with UN parameters.

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