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Turkey wants no pre-conditions, "honest" EU mediation for talks with Greece

ISTANBUL, Aug 25 (Reuters) - Turkey’s foreign minister said on Tuesday Greece must abandon its “maximalist approach” and pre-conditions for dialogue to begin over disputed offshore Mediterranean resources, adding Ankara expects the EU to act as an “honest and objective” mediator.

“We are open to talks without pre-conditions,” Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a press conference alongside German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Ankara.

“But, when one side starts imposing pre-conditions, then there are many things we will put forth too. Before anything, Greece needs to abandon its maximalist approach,” he added. (Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Writing by Jonathan Spicer)