Brussels, Belgium – European Union (EU) Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who has so far been noted for her silence on developments in the Eastern Mediterranean, broke her silence.
“Turkey is an important neighbor and always will be, but even though we are close on the map, the distance between us seems to be growing,” said Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Union (EU) Commission, who has been noted for her silence on developments in the Eastern Mediterranean so far.
In her annual speech at the European Parliament entitled “State of the Union”, Von der Leyen, as expected, supported the Greek Administration of Greece and Southern Cyprus.
“These are not grounds to intimidate their neighbors,” Von der Leyen said, stressing that Turkey is in a difficult geography, hosts millions of refugees, and that the EU provides considerable resources for this.
Adopting a rhetoric that ignores Turkey’s status as a candidate country, Von der Leyen said: “it is in the common interest of all of us to reduce tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean. The return of Turkey’s search ship to port in recent days is a positive step in this direction. Avoiding unilateral steps and continuing negotiations in good faith is the only way to achieve stability and a permanent solution,” she said.
Referring to the Turkish-Greek crisis in the Eastern Mediterranean, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said: “the waters have stopped. I hope it continues like this,” he said.
Mitsotakis visited President Katerina Sakellaropulu, who left for the island of Meis last week, to brief her on the latest developments in the Eastern Mediterranean. “Congratulations on your successful visit to Meis, which coincides with a moment when national storms have subsided. The water has stopped. It is not up to us to stay that way (by referring to Turkey),” he said.
President Sakellaropulu said: “We are going through a difficult period in the Eastern Mediterranean. It seems that there is an opportunity to quintessentially resolve the tension with the effort of the allies. Turkey must realize that it cannot get anywhere with the drives,” she said.
In Greece, it was announced yesterday that exploratory talks between the two countries would begin before the EU summit on 24-25 September. However, there were no signs of softening in the Greek government that ‘dialogue without preconditions’ could be started.
Turkey released a new Navtex yesterday. ” The demilitarized status of Chios as established by the 1923 Lausanne peace treaty has been violated, ” he said. Navtex was not concerned about the activity of any seismic vessels. According to Lausanne Peace Treaty, it was about the Aegean islands, where they should be unarmed. What does this mean?
According to security sources, Greece is arming the Aegean islands despite Lausanne Peace Treaty. Chios is one of these islands. Greece has announced it will launch sea shoots from Chios. This was an admission of violation in Lausanne. A masterful maneuver, Turkey recorded this with Navtex against it and showed it to the world.
Most recently, Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu brought it up. ” The tension is not over unless Greece gives up the Seville map, ” he said. The map, which reduces the Greek continental shelf to the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, imprisons Turkey on its coastline. Turkey and the EU do not recognize the map.
Greece, which announced that it would launch sea shoots from Chios, was red-handed with Navtex against Turkey. Turkey has both recorded and announced to the world that Greece has violated Lausanne Peace Treaty with this step. On the tension with Greece, Turkey issued Navtex for the first time regarding the disarmament of the islands designated in the Lausanne Treaty. The new Navtex was aimed at Chios, opposite Cesme.
Turkey has issued a Navtex (announcement to sailors) on the disarmament of islands designated in the Lausanne Treaty for the first time in relation to tensions with Greece in the Eastern Mediterranean. Navtex was aimed at Chios, opposite Cesme District of Izmir. “La 08/206-with the Navtex message No. 20, the informal military status of Chios as determined by the Lausanne Peace Treaty of 1923 has been violated. This proclamation will be repealed September 16, 2020 (today) at 00.01 am.”
Security sources said that Navtex published by Turkey is not related to the activities of Oruç Reis or any ship, and gave the following information about what it means: “Greece, despite the Lausanne Treaty, arms the islands and sometimes makes sea shoots from here. Chios is one of these islands. Greece says it will launch shoots from Chios with its latest Navtex, warning navigational sailors. We have also announced that this is contrary to Lausanne Treaty and that navigation in the region is blocked in violation of international law with the counter Navtex that we have published. Greece must immediately stop its attitude and behavior contrary to Lausanne Treaty.”
Meanwhile, another published Navtex and the Yavuz drilling ship, which continues its exploration activities off Cyprus, have been extended to 12 October.
After Navtex and the Yavuz drilling ship, which continues its research activities off the coast of Cyprus, extended its mandate until October 12, this time scandalous statements about Turkey came from the leader of the Greek Cypriot Administration, Anastasiadis.
Anastasiadis Yavuz, who made a statement after meeting with European Council President Charles Michel despite Turkey’s calls for dialogue, described the work of the drilling ship as illegal and claimed that Turkey had raised tension in the region.
Anastasiadis said that Southern Cyprus is in favor of dialogue to solve the problem, but Turkey continues its provocations, and a solution through dialogue is not possible in these threatening conditions.
National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, in an interview with Anadolu Agency in the Kas district of Antalya on September 13, said: “there are islands, islets and cliffs whose sovereignty has not been transferred to Greece by agreements. EGEAYDAAK, that’s what it stands for. Here, unfortunately, our Greek neighbors are again extremely selfish, always interpreting the whole law from their point of view.”
“These islands must be talked about, discussed, we must take our right here, our law. We really want our problems here to achieve political solutions by peaceful methods.”
We want fair application of international law on this issue. In this regard, we strive to develop studies in an approach that is far from prejudices, far from always calling me always me.”
“On the other hand, unfortunately, our Greek neighbors continue to arm the islands while we say these things. They continue to bring and transport troops to islands with informal military status,” he said.”
Foreign Minister Cavusoglu called on the Greek government to “open all channels of dialogue without preconditions. Prerequisites lead to counter-prerequisites. Believe me, we can also find a lot of prerequisites,” he said.
Cavusoglu noted that Turkey and Greece have two options against them, stressing that they are either strife that damages both countries, or find a useful win-win formula for both countries.
“Each crisis can create an opportunity that we can use to move forward on a peaceful path. Every negotiation must also include take-give,” Cavusoglu said in his article:
“Otherwise, you either sweep the problems under the carpet and expect them to disappear by themselves over time, or you hope that someone else will solve the problems at your expense. However, problems become more complex over time.”
Cavusoglu said: “strong and sensible administrations are needed to deliver peace and security to future generations. This administration exists in Turkey,” he said.
Cavusoglu listed Turkey’s main goals in the Mediterranean as follows:-fair and equal determination of maritime jurisdictions.- Protection of our continental shelf rights from maximalist and exaggerated demands.- Protection of the Equal Rights of Turkish Cypriots in relation to submarine resources.-The establishment of a fair mechanism with the participation of all parties, including the Turkish Cypriots, for cooperation in order to use these resources.
Cavusoglu said in his statement that the EU has no authority to set Maritime Authority limits and that a number of maximalist demands cannot be imposed on Turkey through the EU. ” The presence of our naval forces in the region is not offensive, but defensive in order to prevent interference in your seismic surveys within our continental shelf, ” Cavusoglu said, noting that Turkey, NATO and Germany support their initiatives.
“We have forgotten so quickly the great suffering of colonialism to all the people,” added Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who stressed that the governments of some countries, such as France, were mindlessly longing for their colonial past during this period. He also recalled President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s promise that “the world is bigger than five (the five countries that are permanent members of the UN Security Council).”
In a statement, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias continued his insistence on ‘pre-conditional’ dialogue. Dendias, in the newspaper Kathimerini, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu paid attention at the entrance of his article published concurrent with a heavy history of Greek-Turkish relations by specifying that includes the challenges of today, “we’re optimistic that we can move on with Turkey a difficult path to walk,” he said. But immediately afterwards, he made the following accusations against Turkey:
- Turkey’s insistence on illegal behavior and its policy of creating happened is undermining trust between the two countries. – Unilateral demands of states are not the subject of interstate dispute. There is only one issue of dispute between Turkey and Greece, which is the determination of the continental shelf and the borders of the EEZ. We are ready to resolve this issue through dialogue and, if this is not possible, to apply to The Hague Court of Justice.
- To exist together in peace, to extend a hand of friendship to each other, is primarily something that depends on Turkey.- The number of violations of Turkey against the sovereignty and sovereign rights of Greece is in the thousands.- Turkey, acting contrary to the basic principles of the UN Charter, threatens Greece with war if it expands its territorial waters to 12 miles.