27/11/2021

PM open up to positive agenda for Turkey

Outlining the framework that will govern his discussions with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday in Brussels, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis mentioned he was open to “a favourable agenda” noting, having said that, that it should really unfold in a “gradual, proportionate and reversible way.”

Addressing the start of the ministerial conference of 7 Mediterranean countries in Athens (MED7), Mitsotakis explained the positive outlook to Turkey will depend on the upkeep of the present de-escalation “and [on the condition] that Turkey participates constructively in the dialogue and respects the problems set by the EU,” acting in accordance with worldwide legislation, which includes the United Nations Convention on the Legislation of the Sea (UNCLOS).

The phraseology applied by Mitsotakis with regard to the circumstances for a good agenda for Turkey is component of the text of the conclusions of the European Council past March. 

Monday’s conference on the sidelines of the NATO Summit will most likely consider location soon after Erdogan’s talks with US President Joe Biden. 

The Maximos Mansion is also focusing its endeavours on a assembly that is prepared concerning Mitsotakis and Biden subsequent tumble.

Right up until then, most likely in August or early September, US Secretary of Condition Antony Blinken may possibly check out Greece as aspect of a discussion with his counterpart Nikos Dendias to sign the renewal of the Mutual Defense Cooperation Settlement (MDCA).

With regard to the Cyprus issue, Mitsotakis reiterated in the course of his MED7 address that Athens’ business situation for a just and long lasting answer to the Cyprus difficulty is centered on a bizonal, bicommunal federation, in accordance with the related United Nation Safety Council resolutions and entirely in line with the European acquis.

He dominated out the possibility of a two-point out alternative that Ankara has been seeking to introduce over latest months.

He also referred to the Libyan difficulty, indicating that the Oct 2020 ceasefire agreement should be executed and that all international forces, fighters and mercenaries really should go away Libya.

Greece was represented at the MED7 by Alternate Foreign Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis. 

​​​​​​The MED7 summit of state leaders will just take spot in September in Hania on Crete and by that time may well incorporate 9 nations around the world, if in the meantime the application for membership from Slovenia and Croatia have been accepted.