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The recent developments on Greek-Turkish disputes in the Eastern Meditterranean

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The Turkish President and the European Council head spoke over the phone on Sept. 16, particularly discussing the Eastern Mediterranean, Turkish authorities said.

According to Hurriyet Daily, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told Charles Michel that Turkey expects EU organizations and member states to adopt an objective and consistent stance on all regional issues, especially on the Eastern Mediterranean, without being deceived by provocations, said a statement by Turkey’s Directorate of Communications.

Erdoğan reiterated that Turkey is open to a solution that protects the rights of all parties with a friendly dialogue and negotiations based on justice.

"Turkey will resolutely continue protecting its all rights and interests in everywhere and every time against all initiative that ignores its rights with unilateral steps," Erdogan said. 

The two leaders also discussed the Turkey-EU relations and other regional development, the statement said.

The European Union should be fair in the Eastern Mediterranean issue. 

Turkey expects the EU to be an “honest broker” to diffuse the tension in the Eastern Mediterranean, Ibrahim Kalin, the presidential spokesman said on Thursday.

According to Anadolu Agency, Ibrahim Kalin made the speech at virtual roundtable Turkey’s Role in the Eastern Mediterranean: Threats of Conflict and Prospects for Dialogue.

He underscored the issues between Turkey and Greece should be resolved on basis of “a fair, equitable and transparent process of negotiation.”

“We believe we can resolve these issues through negotiation,” Kalin said.

He also touched upon the history of exploratory talks between Turkey and Greece were directed to reduce tensions between two neighbours, saying “exploratory talks began in 2002, and we had 60 rounds of talks until 2016.

“The goal of those talks was to identify issues between Turkey and Greece, not only on maritime limits, but also a number of other issues in the Aegean islands airspace, and a number of other issues,” he added. 

It should be noted that the last year, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis had engaged in two meetings in New York and London, where both leaders stressed the significance of talks on the solution of disputes between two countries. 

Ibrahim Kalin also estimated Germany's attempts to organize the dialogue between the representatives of the governments of Greece and Turkey to reach a peaceful and fair agreement. 

"The Germans stepped in, provided their good services. And we have been lucky and grateful to the Germans for doing this,” Kalin said, adding the talks with German mediation focused more specifically on the maritime issues and hydrocarbon energy activities in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Turkey slammed European Parliament's stance on the East Med issues is unacceptable. 

Hurriyet Daily reports, Turkey on Sept. 16 blasted an "unrealistic" resolution by the European Parliament against Turkey on the ongoing dispute in the Eastern Mediterranean.

According to the statement of Turkey' Foreign Ministry, the resolution adopted by European Parliament serving the selfish interests of some EU member states is unacceptable. 

The European Parliament's biased and unjust attitude, as well as its invalid and one-sided interpretations of maritime law for which it is not authorized, has damaged its reputation, the statement added.

It should be noted that members of the European Parliament adopted a resolution on Thursday expressing "full solidarity" with Greece and the Greek Cypriot administration against Turkey's actions in the Eastern Mediterranean.


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