Conversations aimed at the arrest of the Turkish-Greeks instead sparked discussion
Leading Turkish and Greek diplomats held a public debate on Thursday afternoon following a round of talks aimed at reducing tensions over territorial disputes between neighbors and the divided island of Cyprus.
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias travels to Turkey since first capture of warships between two nations dangerous confrontation In the waters of the eastern Mediterranean last year in hydrocarbon-drilled waters, creating threats of EU sanctions.
Turkey is a candidate for EU membership, but has a poor relationship with Greece and Cyprus human rights erosion at home they have stopped their offer.
In a joint televised statement, Dendias said Athens supported Turkey’s entry into the EU because it was in Greece’s interest to ally with its neighbor bloc – but Turkey first had to “reduce and avoid statements that could boost our relations”.
“Violations in the territory have increased recently and these violations are barriers to creating an environment of trust,” he said. “If Turkey continues to violate our sovereign rights, then sanctions, measures on the table will be put back on the agenda.”
His assertions angered Ankara’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who accused Dendias of agreeing to go through a “positive” message in “closed-door talks” and make “highly unacceptable accusations” once appealed to Greek public opinion. in front of the cameras.
“We don’t agree with these issues, and even if we get consensus on these issues at our meeting, if you come out here and throw the answer at Turkey, I will answer,” Cavusoglu said. Turkey did not violate Greek sovereignty, but defended the rights of the eastern Mediterranean and the rights of Turkish Cypriots.
Dendias replied, “I would be surprised if I could be here in Ankara and express these concerns, as if nothing had happened in the Aegean or the eastern Mediterranean.”
Turkey has said it wants to “give it a new page” with the EU, but recent diplomatic approaches have been overshadowed by embarrassing gaffes.
Last week, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, what they have not given him a seat next to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan During a visit to Ankara. European Council President Charles Michel took his seat next to Erdogan, and a violation of protocol led to sexual harassment against the two men.
Greece and Turkey are NATO allies against the Aegean and Mediterranean borders, and are divided along ethnic lines in Cyprus since the invasion of Turkey in 1974, which lasted shortly after the Greco-Cypriot coup.
Cavusoglu and Dendias are due to reconvene this month as the UN convenes negotiations on Cyprus in Geneva.
Cavusoglu rejected Dendias ’suggestion that Ankara had exploited millions of Syrian refugees in Turkey against Greece and the EU. “In four years you’ve thrown back 80,000 people and thrown those who wouldn’t return to the sea,” he told Dendias.
Dendias, who also met Erdogan, called on Turkey to defend religious freedom for its minority of 3,000 ethnic Greeks. According to him, Athens hoped that Turkey would become a museum of two ancient Greek Orthodox landmarks. Erdogan became one last year century Hagia Sophia and the 1,000-year-old Chora Church entered mosques in defiance of Greece, the United States and UNESCO.
Dendias has been in “full consultation” with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, a Mitsotakis office official said on condition of anonymity. “The foreign minister had an explicit order: if provoked, to respond accordingly,” he said.