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US News Mediterranean: Athens accuses Ankara of "imperialist fantasies"

23:46  21 october  2020
23:46  21 october  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Wednesday accused Turkey of maintaining "imperialist fantasies" in the eastern Mediterranean during a meeting in Nicosia with the Cypriot and Egyptian presidents.

Mr. Mitsotakis again criticized Turkey for resorting to "extreme rhetoric" and acting unilaterally, while ignoring calls for dialogue launched by the European Union, Russia and the states - United .

Turkey maintains "imperialist fantasies coupled with aggressive actions from Syria to Libya , via Somalia and Cyprus or even the Aegean Sea and the Caucasus", said the Greek Prime Minister.

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Mr. Mitsotakis made the remarks during a trilateral meeting in Cyprus with Cypriot presidents Nicos Anastasiades and Egyptian presidents Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, whose countries also have tense relations with Turkey.

In a joint statement, Cyprus, Egypt and Greece denounced Turkey's "provocations" regarding energy exploration in the disputed waters of the eastern Mediterranean, as well as in Libya and Syria, countries ravaged by Conflicts.

And Mr. Mitsotakis cites for example "the signing of an invalid agreement" between Ankara and Tripoli.

At the end of 2019, Turkey and Libya concluded an agreement to delimit their maritime areas, allowing Ankara to assert rights over large areas in the eastern Mediterranean.

Cyprus, Egypt and Greece then denounced an "illegal" agreement violating their economic rights in this sector where the discovery in recent years of vast gas fields has whetted the appetite of neighboring countries.

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Egypt and Greece had in turn signed an agreement to demarcate their maritime borders last August.

Athens, Cairo and Nicosia had already condemned drilling carried out by Ankara off the coast of Cyprus, an island whose northern third was invaded in 1974 by the Turkish army in response to a coup d'état aimed at attaching the island to Greece. The north of the island is administered by the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), recognized only by Ankara.

Cyprus, Greece and Egypt regularly hold summits to strengthen their energy cooperation in the region, and make it an energy hub to supply gas to Europe.

"Attacks on regional security"

"Turkey is constantly increasing tensions and undermining regional security," the Cypriot president said on Wednesday.

Mr Sissi hailed the Greek-Egyptian agreement as an example of what could be achieved when "international law and institutions are respected".

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan deemed this agreement worthless, promising to maintain his pact with Tripoli. He also said he was determined to continue the search for gas and oil in the Mediterranean.

At the end of a European summit on October 16, the President of the European Council Charles Michel threatened Turkey with European sanctions if Ankara continued its projects in this direction.

During Wednesday's discussions in Nicosia, the three leaders also "condemned Turkish acts in Varosha", in reference to the controversial reopening of a former seaside resort cordoned off by the Turkish army since 1974.

In early October, Mr. Erdogan, along with the "Prime Minister" of the TRNC Ersin Tatar - who has since become "president" - announced the partial reopening of Varosha, abandoned by its Greek Cypriot inhabitants after the Turkish invasion.

Nicosia had denounced this decision and the EU considered that it risked complicating efforts to resume talks on the reunification of the island.

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