Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will meet tomorrow with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan as part of the NATO Summit taking place in London. Mr. Mitsotakis will denounce the Turkish provocations at the Summit and call on the Alliance to take a stance on the matter.
“An alliance cannot be indifferent when one member is openly violating international law and, as a result, is turning against another member. Equal distance tactics blatantly works at the expense of our Homeland, which has never sought tensions in our region”, said the Prime Minister who, as Maximos Mansion officials disclose, “has already stated that Greece knows how to defend its rights with confidence, calmness and effectiveness”.
In this context, at the request of the Turkish side, tomorrow on 4 December 2019 (14:30 pm London time), Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will meet with President Tayyip Erdogan on the occasion of the NATO Summit taking place.
As the Prime Minister underlined while speaking to his associates, “I will set before President Erdogan all the issues around the Turkish provocations. We will set all our cards on the table. And it is in Turkey’s best interest to draw back from its provocative activity”. Turkey’s attitude results in its diplomatic isolation.
When it comes to the basic outlines of this issue, our positions are clear: Turkey’s attempt to abolish maritime islands – such as Crete, Rhodes, Karpathos, Kastellorizo - with tricks such as invalid bilateral memoranda, does not produce internationally acknowledgeable results. That means that those tricks cannot affect the sovereign rights of our islands, which are established upon International Law and, in particular, the Law of the Sea.
Maximos Mansion reports that Mr. Mitsotakis is in the middle of coordinating a series of actions to respond to the Turkish calls: He raised the issue with the Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte at their meeting in Rome on 26/11, as well as with French President Emmanuel Macron during their telephone conversation, asking for France’s support. Furthermore, during the meeting of European leaders attending the climate conference in Madrid, Mr. Mitsotakis referred to yesterday’s researches conducted in the Eastern Mediterranean, denouncing Turkey’s actions and calling for EU support, while pointing out that Turkey’s moves are undermining the policies to exploit new gas fields in the wider region.
In the same vein, the Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs visited Egypt (1.11) and agreed with his Egyptian counterpart to speed up the discussions between the delegations for demarcating the two countries’ maritime zones. Immediately after the Turkey – Libya Agreement became known, the Minister of Foreign Affairs invited the Turkish ambassador to the Foreign Ministry in Athens (28/11) to provide explanations. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Libya was also called (29/11) alongside the Libyan ambassador, from whom it was requested that he immediately discloses the content of the memoranda, otherwise he would be deported. At the same time, the Greek Permanent Representation to the EU briefed the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Miss Federica Mogherini, on the situation, while the Permanent Representative of Greece raised the issue in the context of Coreper. Finally, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Nikos Dendias, briefed the representatives of the political parties on the recent developments.
At Financial Times
During his visit to London for the NATO Summit, the Prime Minister will visit the Financial Times headquarters at 15.30 Greek time, where he will meet with the newspaper’s editorial team.
Last week, before the latest developments with Turkey and Libya unfolded, in response to a question posed by the newspaper, he had stated: “Europe as a whole must develop greater defense capabilities”, while stressing NATO’s role as a pillar of stability for the preservation of peace in the post-war world. Called to comment on the October Summit decision on Albania and North Macedonia, Mr. Mitsotakis stressed that Greece supports the Western Balkans’ accession perspectives. “The European path must remain open to all Western Balkan states, provided that they meet the requirements; yet this does not comprise an automatic procedure”. /ibna