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Eastern Mediterranean: Turkey Must Immediately End Illegal Drilling Activities

Eastern Mediterranean: Turkey must immediately end illegal drilling activities

Brussels, Belgium (PortSEurope) September 18, 2020 – Yesterday, member of the European Parliament (MEP) condemned Turkey’s actions in the Greek and Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone and expressed full solidarity with the two EU member states. There was concern that further actions by Ankara could lead to military escalation. Ahead of a Special European Council meeting on September 24-25 on the situation, MEPs express their full solidarity
with Greece and Cyprus. An EU parliament news release said, “Stating that the EU is clear and determined in defending its interests, MEPs call on Turkey to immediately end any further illegal exploration and drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean, to refrain from violating Greek airspace and Greek and Cypriot territorial waters and stop “nationalistic warmongering rhetoric”. Deteriorating state of EU-Turkey relations “A solution can only be found through dialogue, diplomacy and negotiations, MEPs say, calling on all actors involved, especially Turkey, to commit to an urgent de-escalation by withdrawing their military forces from the area. They welcomed Turkey’s decision to withdraw one of its seismic research vessels from the area on 12 September as the first step towards easing tensions, condemning at the same time Turkey’s plans to extend the term of duty of another drilling ship.” Further sanctions are not excluded MEPs called for both Turkey and the EU member states to support the political dialogue in Libya and to adhere to the arms embargo imposed by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). The members added, “Insisting that further sanctions can only be avoided through dialogue, they call on the Council to stand ready to develop further restrictive measures that should be sectoral and targeted and would not have an adverse impact on the people of Turkey or the refugees residing there”. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2020.

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