News Local EU 27 call on Turkey to de-escalate tension in Eastern Mediterranean

EU 27 call on Turkey to de-escalate tension in Eastern Mediterranean

The 27 EU Foreign Ministers late on Friday expressed their full solidarity with Greece and Cyprus during a teleconference of the Foreign Affairs Council, calling on Turkey to de-escalate tensions and return to dialogue.

This is what EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said, adding that “a good and productive Foreign Affairs Council has been completed”.

He then referred to the Eastern Mediterranean, pointing out that the EU 27 expressed “full solidarity with Greece and Cyprus…there is a demand for an immediate de-escalation by Turkey and the resumption of dialogue”.

Regarding Belarus, he said that “the EU does not accept the election results” and “work is underway to impose sanctions on those responsible for the violence and falsification”.

Meanwhile, according to the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Italy to the EU Political Security Committee (PSC), Marco Peronaci, “in full view of the tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean, full solidarity was expressed with Greece and Cyprus.

“A moratorium on exploitation in disputed areas is an option under discussion,” he said.

In addition, the 27 expressed full solidarity with the people of Belarus and condemned the election irregularities, human rights violations and the use of force against peaceful protesters.

“Minsk must start a dialogue with the opposition and take measures to eliminate tensions,” he said, adding that “targeted sanctions are under consideration.”

Regarding Lebanon, he said that “political actors must work together to form a new government of national unity and start a dialogue with civil society. In addition to humanitarian aid, the EU stands ready to support economic and financial recovery. of the country “, he noted.

Finally, with regard to Venezuela, he noted that “there is great concern about the implementation of minimum standards for credible parliamentary elections scheduled for next December.

The International Contact Group should redouble its efforts to facilitate the resumption of the dialogue, stated Ambassador Peronaci.

According to another diplomatic source, Greece had earlier circulated a draft condemnation statement to the Council against Turkey, which contained an explicit reference to sanctions, called for an immediate end to Turkey`s exploration and welcomed Greece`s agreement with Egypt.

The same source states that Germany and other countries blocked the statement, and expressed dissatisfaction with the timing of the agreement, shortly before the start of the Greek-Turkish contacts mediated by Germany.

The Greek draft was similar to that of Borrell`s statement of 13 July. Following this development, Greece blocked a similar announcement about Belarus, the diplomatic source said.

Top Stories

Police probe launched on Cyprus Investment Programme

  The Attorney General's Office has instructed police to start taking testimony in establishing possible criminal offences in the Cyprus Investment Programme following the conclusions...

Turkey issues latest NAVTEX in Aegean sea as tempers rise

  Turkey has continued its NAVTEX issuing tactics in the Aegean sea by issuing yet another maritime directive, this time involving a real fire military...

Paris knife attacker suspect confesses

  The man believed to have attacked and wounded two people with a meat cleaver is cooperating with the police and said he had targeted...

UK has no intention of approving direct flights to occupied north Cyprus

  The British government has once again officially made clear that it has 'no plans to approve direct flights between the UK and north Cyprus'. The...

Suspected accomplice of Paris knife attacker released

  A suspected accomplice of a man believed to have attacked and wounded two people with a meat cleaver yesterday in front of a Paris...



Sheftalies, a very tasty dish from the charcoal grill, are minced meat shaped into small sausages and wrapped in “panna” (suet). Panna is a...

Spicy grilled soutzoukakia

Place all ingredients for soutzoukakia in a bowl and mix well, preferably using a food processor, until well combined. Using the mixture, form cigar-shaped...


Pork souvlaki: Put the meat and all the other ingredients in a bowl (not metal) and mix well. Cover the bowl and keep in...

Pastelli (Carob Toffee)

The nutritional sweet of Pastelli is made with the syrup of carob pods, produced by boiling their pulp until it forms a thick, sticky...