Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis held a chain of phone talks on Tuesday, both with the President of the Hellenic Republic Aikaterini Sakellaropoulou, as well as with the leaders of the political parties, in order to inform them of the developments in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Turkish movements.
According to an announcement issued by the Prime Minister’s press office, Kyriakos Mitsotakis contacted the President of the Republic, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, and “briefed her on the developments in the Eastern Mediterranean”.
After the Greek Prime Minister wrapped up his phone conversations with the the Main Opposition leader and SYRIZA President, Alexis Tsipras issued the following statement:
“Today, I had a telephone conversation with Mr. Mitsotakis in order to inform me about the developments in the Greek-Turkish relations.
I was absolutely clear.
At a time when Turkey is carrying out illegal actions that are completely disregarding international law and are directly violating our sovereign rights, by conducting explorations within the Greek continental shelf, it is the self-evident obligation of the political leadership not to convey contradictory messages to the military, as well as to our partners and the international public opinion.
I asked Mr. Mitsotakis to stop leaking non-existent arguments, such as that the searches of the Turkish ship were obstructed or even canceled by the noise of the adjacent Turkish ships.
What concerns us is not the quality of the Turkish explorations, but the fact that Oruc Reis is violating the sovereign rights of our homeland.
The way in which these illegal investigations must and can be prevented has been known to our Armed Forces since October 2018, when they attempted it effectively.
We have full confidence in their abilities and, as long as the crisis lasts, we will not interfere in their work.
I called on Mr. Mitsotakis to immediately request the extraordinary convening of the European Council, so that the EU can take a clear position in condemning the Turkish illegal activity, as well as discuss sanctions.
Finally, I stressed the need to finally establish a national strategy with a beginning, a middle and an end to respond to the Turkish aggression, with the aim of re-seating Turkey to the dialogue table, in order to resolve our one and only dispute; the continental shelf, on the basis of international law. In this context, I once again asked that he convene the Council of Political Leaders.
At this critical stage for our national issues, it is absolutely imperative to draw up a national strategy”, Alexis Tsipras concluded.
The President of the Movement for Change, Fofi Gennimata, also made statements after her telephone communication with the Prime Minister.
“Greece is currently facing an in-practice challenge of its sovereign rights by Turkey.
The government has a national duty to prevent it. With determination and efficiency, so that no faits accomplis emerge to the detriment of our country through the settlement of Oruc Reis in the Greek maritime zones.
As we have stressed, the clear and firm Greek stance can ensure the most active role of the EU and not allow for the inaction on behalf of NATO to go on. The sanctions should have already been decided. NATO should not pretend to be Pontius Pilate, and should give up on the policy of equal distances. It cannot pretend that it does not understand that a Member State is being violated by another member of the alliance.
However, at a time when the fundamental interests and rights of the country are at stake, the New Democracy Government does not seem to have a comprehensive national strategy. Its choices override each other, its politics are marked by instability and contradictions.
“These critical national issues require a national line and a tight internal front that should have been formed a long time ago, as we have persistently pointed out”, Fofi Gennimata notes.
Earlier, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis had a meeting with Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias at the Maximus Mansion. During the meeting, it was decided to request from the Minister of Foreign Affairs the extraordinary convening of the Council of Foreign Affairs (SEU) of the European Union.
A statement was issued by the Prime Minister’s Press Office stating that the round of phone contacts between Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the Political Leaders has been completed.
The Prime Minister briefed the Political Leaders on the developments in the Eastern Mediterranean and on the initiatives of the Greek government.
“Mr. Mitsotakis’ constant pursuit is the conciliation of the political forces and the constructive dialogue on national issues”, the announcement concludes. /ibna