SYRIZA is ready to pose three questions to Kyriakos Mitsotakis ahead of his meeting with the Turkish President Erdogan, scheduled to take place in London. The opposition party recalls that, after the Mitsotakis-Erdogan contacts last September in New York, the Government was deliberately disclosing that the results were “better than expected”.
“The developments following that meeting sadly proved the Government wrong”, SYRIZA highlights, pointing to the “sharp increase” in refugee flows and the ongoing unlawful activity within the Cypriot EEZ and the Greek airspace. “A few days ago, Turkey proceeded to a provocative activity of unprecedented levels, by pursuing a completely non-existent and in violation of international law Agreement with the current Libyan government”, SYRIZA officials stress.
“Therefore, the crucial question remains what strategy Mitsotakis will come up with for the meeting with the Turkish President”, Alexis Tsipras’ party wonders. Specifically, the questions raised by the main opposition for the Prime Minister are:
Will he call for an immediate cease of the provocative and illegal activity in the Aegean and the Cypriot EEZ? Will he demand the immediate withdrawal of the non-existent Turkey-Libya Agreement that grossly violates our sovereign rights south of Crete stemming from the law of the Sea? Will he call for the adherence to the EU-Turkey Joint Declaration on the immediate curtailment of the refugee and migratory flows, or will he keep up with the appeasement approach that, based on the results, is doomed to fail twice; both in limiting the flows and terminating the unlawful behavior of Turkey? ”
At the same time, SYRIZA reiterates Alexis Tsipras’s request for the convergence of the National Council on Foreign Policy, in order for a thorough briefing to be provided on recent developments and the governmental operations. Al. Tsipras criticizes the Government for implementing a “policy of passivity” when it comes to Turkey, accusing the Prime Minister of failing to capitalize on the European Council’s decision on sanctions. He even called for the extension of sanctions against Ankara, in order for the violations in southern Crete to also be included. /ibna