The World: EU urges dialogue, Eastern Mediterranean negotiations

Dialogue and negotiation are key in addressing problems of delimitation of maritime boundaries and exploitation of resources, EU foreign ministers said Friday.

  Officials talked about the state of affairs in the Eastern Mediterranean after a current deterioration of the protection situation.

“Three words mirror the effect of the discussion: solidarity, de-escalation, and dialogue,” a declaration stated following the video conference meeting.

It reaffirmed the bloc’s cohesion with Greece and the Greek Cypriot administration, and underlined “the serious deterioration in the relationship with Turkey is having far-reaching strategic penalties for the whole EU, nicely beyond the Eastern Mediterranean.”

The statement claimed that Turkey’s current things to do mount tension, and “Immediate de-escalation by Turkey was considered crucial.” Also stressing the importance of members of the family with Turkey, the ministers said, “issues related to delimitation of maritime boundaries and exploitation of sources therein can solely be addressed via communicate and negotiation, in right faith, in accordance with international law and in pursuit of the principle of precise neighbourly relations, and not via unilateral actions and the mobilisation of naval forces.” Recalling the outcome of the Foreign Affairs Council on July 13, the ministers reiterated strong aid for efforts to re-establish communicate and facilitate re-engagement with Turkey. “At the equal time, the High Representative/Vice-President [Josep Borrell] is to prepare preferences on in addition appropriate measures in case tensions do not abate,” it said.

It cited that a broader dialogue about ties with Turkey will be held in August, at the casual Foreign Affairs Council (Gymnich). – Eastern Mediterranean Earlier this week, Turkey resumed strength exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean region after Greece and Egypt signed a controversial maritime delimitation deal.

The settlement got here one day after Ankara stated it would put off oil and fuel exploration as a goodwill gesture. But after declaring the Greek-Egyptian deal “null and void,” Turkey licensed the Oruc Reis seismic lookup vessel to continue its activities in an vicinity within the country’s continental shelf.

The ship will proceed a two-week mission until Aug. 23 alongside with the Cengiz Han and Ataman.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the solely answer to the dispute was once through speak and negotiation and urged Athens to appreciate Turkey’s rights.