>> This is the first time a Turkish head of state has visited Greece for 65 years. And within hours of President Tayyip Erdogan touching down on Athens, the gloves were off. The trip is designed to boost relations, but Erdogan had riled his hosts before he even arrived. Suggesting revisions to the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne, which defines the pairs borders.
Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos quickly rebutted that idea during the welcoming ceremony.>>
> This treaty to us is not negotiable. This treaty does not have any gaps, does not need a review nor an update. This treaty as valid as it is, covers completely the matters that it had to cover.
And I stress that among other things, this treaty does not leave room for gray zones.>> Erdogan carried on the unusually blunt exchange stating there were details in the treaty which required clarity. He also said Greece could not have entered NATO without Turkey's support. Few expect quick fixes from the visit, there are disagreements over everything from Cyprus to air space.
And to the extraditions Ankara wants of exiled Turkish military officials it says were coup plotters. The visit takes place just months after Cyprus peace talks broke down in July, an episode which only added to the ill feeling. The two have teetered on the verge of war multiple times over long running disputes.
Although relations have improved, many Greeks believe Turkey has territorial aspirations against their country. Security is tight for Erdogan's visit, and demonstrations in central Athens are banned. But Turkey's president says Greeks should rest assured that quote, negative relations between Greece and Turkey are part of history.