The Turkish International Minister has referred to as on the EU to undertake the function of an unbiased mediator in what Turkey sees as a disagreement primarily between Athens and Ankara over sovereignty of contested waters within the Japanese Med.
International Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu mentioned on Tuesday that Ankara is eager to enhance relations with the European bloc and negotiate an answer to the competition between Greece and Turkey over probably resource-rich territory within the Japanese Mediterranean.
Turkey’s prime diplomat insists that dialogue was wanted to resolve the dispute and referred to as on the EU to play the “function of an trustworthy mediator” in Greek issues.
The minister proceeded to criticize Athens’ function within the spiraling diplomatic dispute.
Greece has by no means come to dialogue. We at all times develop our relationships by making a benign, constructive environment. We are able to clear up issues solely by dialogue and diplomacy.
He reaffirmed the Turkish place that Greek claims to the contested waters have been illegitimate and unfair, and criticized their “maximalist strategy.”
“Greece needs a continental shelf of 40 thousand sq. kilometers on a ten sq. kilometer islet, two kilometers from Meis island, proper below our nostril, reverse Kaş,” Çavuşoğlu added. Kas is a well-liked vacation vacation spot in Southern Turkey.
The feedback come because the EU threatens to sanction Turkey for its unilateral motion in exploring hydrocarbon assets within the disputed waters. EU ministers met on Monday to debate sanctions, however no determination was made.
German International Minister Heiko Maas mentioned, “too many provocations” from Turkey had made it inconceivable to arrange direct talks between Ankara and Athens.
Turkey’s relations with Greece and the EU have deteriorated gravely this yr, as Ankara repeatedly deployed exploration vessels to the contested waters.
Ankara has additionally enraged Cyprus, following Turkish hydrocarbon exploration off the divided island, and a controversial determination to reopen the long-abandoned city of Varosha, a former Cypriot seaside resort.
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