France to boost military presence in the eastern Mediterranean

The World: France set to boost military presence in the Eastern Mediterranean

Last updated on September 11th, 2021 at 02:35 pm

France stated Wednesday that it will temporarily increase its army presence in the Eastern Mediterranean in the coming days. 

President Emmanuel Macron and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis mentioned the latest state of affairs in the region, Macron’s workplace said in a statement. 

Underlining the significance of settling disputes via dialogue, Macron drew attention to the need for “greater consultation” between Greece and Turkey and welcomed a mediation initiative by using Germany. 

He has also determined “to quickly enhance the French army presence in the eastern Mediterranean in the coming days,” in cooperation with France’s European Union partners, said the statement. 

As part of the country’s hydrocarbon surveying activities, Turkey issued a NAVTEX (navigational telex) on Aug. 10, 2020, announcing that the Oruc Reis would commence conducting sparkling seismic lookup in the Eastern Mediterranean. 

Turkey’s choice came following a controversial delimitation deal signed between Greece and Egypt, only a day after Turkey said it would put off its activities in the vicinity as a sign of goodwill after communicate efforts from Germany. 

But after declaring the deal “null and void,” Turkey licensed the Oruc Reis to proceed its activities in an area that is inside Turkey’s continental shelf. 

The ship will continue seismic things to do in the Eastern Mediterranean alongside with the Cengiz Han and Ataman till Aug. 23. 

Turkey has persistently contested the Greek Cypriot administration’s unilateral drilling in the Eastern Mediterranean, putting forward that the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) additionally has rights to the assets in the area.

  In 1974, following a coup aimed at Cyprus’s annexation via Greece, Ankara had to intervene as a guarantor power. In 1983, the TRNC used to be founded. 

The decades considering have considered a number of attempts to unravel the Cyprus dispute, all ending in failure. The present day one, held with the participation of the guarantor international locations — Turkey, Greece and the UK — got here to an stop besides any growth in 2017 in Switzerland. 

Turkey’s choice to announce new exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean raised alarms in Greece on Monday as Athens responded with its own word and by using setting its navy on alert.