The Greek Turkish Forum (GTF) is a one-and-a-half-track diplomacy initiative, founded in late 1997 and held its first meeting in May 1998, with the aim to promote dialogue and communication between Greece and Turkey. It was expanded in 2006 with the addition of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot chapters. The Forum brings together prominent Greeks and Turks –leading businessmen, respected senior academics and journalists, distinguished politicians and former diplomats– acting as private individuals concerned to improve and strengthen the Greek-Turkish bilateral relations and understanding between two people living side by side across the Aegean Sea. Their work is private in strategy but public in purpose.

The Greek-Turkish Forum Statement on the earthquakes in Türkiye

GTF members from Greece and Cyprus express their grief for the catastrophe caused by the earthquakes that hit southeastern Türkiye

The Greek-Turkish Forum Statement on the passing of Amb. İlter Türkmen

The GTF mourns the passing of His Excellency Ambassador (ret.) İlter Türkmen.

In Memoriam – “COSTA CARRAS”
by Üstün Ergüder

It was in June 1997 that I first met our dear friend Costa. I was invited to a meeting held at Pine Isle Resort (close to Atlanta), Georgia, USA.

The Greek-Turkish Forum Statement on the passing of Costa Carras

The Greek Turkish Forum (GTF) mourns the loss of Costa Carras, founding member of the Forum and Coordinator of the Greek Chapter, from 1998 until 2021.