Ankara, Turkey – Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu made important statements about 12 miles in a news live broadcast. “Greece works as it wants where it has its own Rights, “Minister Cavusoglu said, sending a 12-mile message to Greece. It has nothing to do with us. But in the Aegean, they cannot increase their borders to 12 miles. This is a cause of war,” he said.
“Greece has made agreements with Egypt, Israel and the GRSC, established platforms and created the Eastern Mediterranean gas corridor during the past governments,” Cavusoglu said, referring to the fact that Greece has been negotiating a maritime jurisdiction agreement with Egypt for 15 years, and the Greek Republic of Southern Cyprus (GRSC) began drilling operations in 2011. This corridor is not viable, but it is a political move against Turkey., “he said.
Cavusoglu stressed that the published map of Seville is an effort to lock Turkey in a narrow space.
Cavusoglu stated that Greece is not expected to conduct drilling work in the Mediterranean with the drilling ships that Turkey has received, “when the drilling began, Greece began to break the noise. During this period, we have shown flexibility to make room for diplomacy with the introduction of countries that want to mediate, but this is not a compromise on our fundamental rights.” said.
Cavusoglu, who said that the agreement with Egypt was announced on August 7th, but hours before this statement, said: “after signing this agreement, they knew that such talks could not be started, and they did it on purpose. After all, the reason for this point is that Greece is trying to ignore Turkey’s rights by taking the GRSC and some countries with it. As Turkey made its counter moves, it began to defend its own right and the right of the Turkish Cypriot people, tensions began to grow., “he said.
“The Greece – Egypt agreement does not change much for us”
According to the agreement on maritime jurisdictions between Egypt and Greece, Cavusoglu stressed that Egypt does not violate the Turkish continental shelf, but Greece does, in particular, said that the point where the ship Oruc Reis worked was registered with the United Nations (UN) in 2004 as belonging to Turkey.
Cavusoglu said that the date of granting a license to the region where the ship Oruc Reis conducted seismic research is also between 2009-2012, “this is our continental shelf, and the approval of both states does not change much for us., “he said.
Cavusoglu, who noted that in some negotiations, there were conversations from EU member states and leaders that Turkey was right, said that Greece should not give full authority to the islands of Rhodes and Crete in its agreement with Egypt, “they have given up their thesis.” he assessed it in his words.
Cavusoglu, referring to the work of the Oruç Reis ship, said:
“From the southernmost part of our continental shelf towards Antalya-Finike, the ship Oruc Reis will continue seismic research in previously licensed areas. According to the information that our energy minister gave us at the Cabinet meeting, from the southernmost north to our land borders, Oruc Reis will continue seismic research, which will take about 90 days, but Navtex will be published in stages.”
“France plays to European leadership”
Cavusoglu also noted that countries such as France are taking a stand in favor of Greece in the region, causing increased tensions.
Cavusoglu, who noted that France has made accusations against Turkey over its losses in Syria and Libya, said that Greece is also trying to escalate tensions by taking the EU behind it.
Cavusoglu, EU support for Greece, Greece does not agree to a solution, he said.:
“The game here is bigger. Do you know what’s behind France and some countries provoking this incident? ‘NATO has been brain dead,’ France said. France is playing for the European leadership here. Therefore, they want to create a security force of the EU against NATO. One of the goals of the current escalation is NATO. Here is an effort to weaken NATO and create Europe’s own power. In other words, the reason they put EU solidarity at the forefront is to strengthen the EU against NATO, or alternatively, or weaken NATO, or to create a security force such as NATO.”
Noting that Greece and the GCA threatened to veto the EU vote when they could not find the EU response they wanted against Turkey, Cavusoglu said: “they unfairly made the GRSC a member in violation of the London and Zurich agreements, and now they have trouble. Unfortunately, there are those who have to support the negative attitude without not wanting to want to.” he said.
Cavusoglu also said that the EU will not find a solution by imposing sanctions on Turkey, adding: “the EU should be an honest mediator, not take sides. What the EU has to do, as it has told us, is to say the points where Greece is unfair, and to tell Greece and the GRSC more clearly that its support is not unconditional, so that they take sides in favor of the solution and learn to share it., “he said.
Asked what reactions Turkey would give if Greece applied its decision to increase its land waters to 12 miles in the Ionian Sea in the Island Sea, Cavusoglu said: “it is not our business to increase it to 12 miles in the Ionian Sea. It’s not about us, but in the Islands Sea, they can’t take it 12 miles. The decision that our parliament made years ago applies today, this is the cause of war., “he said.
Cavusoglu also criticized Greece’s arming of the islands, which should be disarmed, citing a change in terms, saying: “if conditions change, the agreements will be amended by negotiation.”
“Greece has closed 50 percent of Turkish schools in 25 years”
Cavusoglu, who noted that Greece has increased pressure on the Turks of Western Thrace in every tension with Turkey, recalled that the European Court of human rights has 3 decisions against Greece on this issue.
Emphasizing that Turkey opened a Greek school for 4 students in Gökçeada, Cavusoglu said: “We opened a school for 4 students in Gökçeada, but Greece has closed schools belonging to the Turkish minority in recent years. It recently closed 8 schools on the grounds of savings and lack of students. In the last 25 years, it has reduced the number of schools in Western Thrace by 50 percent from 231 to 115.” said.
Cavusoglu added that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis agreed to discuss issues such as the Turks of Western Thrace, the seminary in Heybeliada and the opening of a mosque in Athens, but two months later Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said: “We are not ready to discuss them.”