Delegation of the European Union to the Council of Europe

Turkey: Spokesperson Statement on the exploration activities in Eastern Mediterranean

Brussels, 16/09/2020 - 18:59, UNIQUE ID: 200916_12
Statements by the Spokesperson

The recent withdrawal of the research vessel Oruç Reis is an important step paving the way for a meaningful dialogue between Greece and Turkey. The EU also calls for a similar decisions as concerns Cyprus. Turkey’s announcement on Tuesday of the extension of the Navtex for the Yavuz drilling vessel will fuel further tensions and insecurity in the Eastern Mediterranean at a moment when there is an opportunity to pursue immediate de-escalation, and resume dialogue and negotiations, which is the only path towards lasting solutions.