Brussels, Belgium – A NATO statement said that a military conflict prevention mechanism was established between Turkey and Greece with NATO mediation. The Ministry of National Defense announced that a common understanding of ‘general principles’ was reached as a result of meetings between the Turkish and Greek military delegations at NATO headquarters.
Steps have been taken to address rising tensions in the eastern Mediterranean. It was stated that NATO is made from:
Thursday (October 1st, 2020), following a series of technical meetings between the military representatives of Greece and Turkey at NATO headquarters in Brussels, a bilateral military conflict prevention mechanism was established. The mechanism was designed to reduce the risk of accidents in the Eastern Mediterranean.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the military conflict prevention mechanism:
I welcome the establishment of a military conflict prevention mechanism, achieved through the constructive initiatives of Greece and Turkey, both valuable NATO allies.
This security mechanism can help create space for diplomatic efforts to address the dispute, and we are ready to further develop those efforts. I will remain in close contact with both allies.
The Ministry of national defense made a written statement about the technical meetings between Turkey and Greece at NATO headquarters.
After the meeting with President Erdogan and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, it was decided to hold meetings between the Turkish-Greek military delegations where ‘separation procedures’ were discussed:
In this context, a common understanding of the ‘general principles’ was reached as a result of the meetings held at NATO headquarters between the Turkish and Greek military delegations.
The next meeting, which will discuss the technical details of the coordination to be carried out for the safety of elements in the eastern Mediterranean, is planned to be held at NATO headquarters on October 5, 2020.
Tensions between Turkey and Greece, a NATO ally for years, had escalated in recent weeks as Turkey worked with Oruç Reis to search for Natural Resources.
Greece and Greece, which have been conducting search efforts in the region for years and have been in contact with international companies, reacted to Turkey’s move. Greece, which has taken France and the United States with it, has also called on many countries against Turkey.
NATO allies Greece and Turkey have set up a mechanism to avoid accidental clashes in the Eastern Mediterranean, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday.
“I welcome the establishment of a military de-confliction mechanism, achieved through the constructive engagement of Greece and Turkey,” Stoltenberg said in a statement.