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Greece, Egypt, Cyprus, France, UAE denounce Turkey movements in East Med

Greece, Egypt, Cyprus, France, UAE denounce Turkey movements in East Med

UAE, Egypt, Cyprus, Greece and France condemned Turkey’s drilling operations in Eastern Mediterranean region yesterday.

The foreign ministers of the five nations held a teleconference meeting to discuss the latest developments in the Eastern Mediterranean, as well as a number of regional crises that threaten peace and stability in the region, the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

The joint declaration said that the parties “denounced the ongoing Turkish illegal activities in the Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone and its territorial waters, as they represent a clear violation of international law as reflected in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.”

Turkey slammed the criticism, saying: “The fact that Greece and GCA [Greek Cypriot Administration], instead of engaging in dialogue with Turkey and TRNC [Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus] respectively on the Eastern Mediterranean, are relying on irrelevant non-regional actors, can only be the legacy of a mentality of mandate and colonialism.”

 

Last December, Greece asked its EU partners to mount pressure on Turkey after Ankara signed a deal with Libya on the demarcation of maritime jurisdictions in the Mediterranean Sea the month earlier. 

Eastern Mediterranean: A new hotbed of tensions at the European doorstep



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