Last minute: Minister Çavuşoğlu openly told the Greek newspaper: Give up

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Stating that Greece should avoid using the European Union (EU) as an asset against Turkey and embrace the current positive momentum, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said: “Only Turkey and Greece can resolve the issues. outstanding issues, not the EU. mentionned.

In an interview with the Greek newspaper “To Vima”, Minister Çavuşoğlu assessed relations between the two countries on the occasion of his visit to Greece, which included Western Thrace and Athens.

Noting that he is always optimistic about the good neighborly relations between Turkey and Greece, Çavuşoğlu said: “As two neighbors, we are doomed to live in the same geography. Therefore, we need to define our relationship with cooperation rather than conflict. it’s up to us to determine our fate and the way forward. ”he said.

Stating that his contacts in Greece will serve to lay the groundwork for a NATO summit meeting between President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Greek Prime Minister Kiryakos Mitsotakis, Çavuşoğlu drew attention to the importance of a lasting constructive dialogue in bilateral relations.

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“WE SEE THE POLITICAL WILL OF THE EU TEC”

Emphasizing that they are ready to develop a positive program focused on trust in Turkey-EU relations, Çavuşoğlu said: “Yes, there is a basis for such a program. We see political will from the EU side. , with the exception of certain Member States which tend to abuse the solidarity of the members and the right of veto. ” used the expression.

Noting that this momentum should not be lost, Çavuşoğlu said: “The positive agenda should be based on concrete and meaningful steps that are mutually agreed upon.” mentionned.

Emphasizing the need to take a more holistic geopolitical perspective on this issue, Çavuşoğlu said: “Overall, Turkey’s accession to the EU is the most important geopolitical investment the EU can make for Europe and beyond. ” spoken form.

Referring to Greece’s attitudes in the context of the EU, Çavuşoğlu said: “Greece should avoid using the EU as an asset against Turkey and embrace the current positive momentum. Only Turkey and Greece can solve the problems that await a solution, not the EU. “makes his assessment.

Noting that this can be achieved through sincere and meaningful dialogue, Çavuşoğlu expressed his satisfaction that they finally succeeded in relaunching most of the dialogue channels.

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ACTIVITIES OF “ORUC REIS”

Emphasizing that “Oruç Reis” operates in places on the Turkish continental shelf, Çavuşoğlu said: “We are determined to protect the rights of Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots against the unilateral and maximalist claims of Greece and the Greek Cypriots. ” mentionned.

Recalling their calls for dialogue to alleviate the tense situation in the Eastern Mediterranean, Çavuşoğlu stressed that these calls were ignored by Greece.

Noting that the Turkey-Libya agreement signed in 2019 was signed by two sovereign states on the basis of international law, Çavuşoğlu noted that this agreement was also happily approved by the Libyan national reconciliation government.

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“GREECE SHOULD AVOID THE ‘SEVILLE CARD'”

Expressing that they are ready to discuss any controversial issue with Greece, Çavuşoğlu said: “However, Greece should give up the” Seville card. Neither the US nor the EU approves this card. It is a miscalculation made by the Greek side to think that Turkey will only limit itself to the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts. I have to say it again. ”The expression used.

“THE AGEAN SEA HAS ITS OWN CHARACTERISTICS”

Stating that they respect the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the sovereign rights of each country, Çavuşoğlu continued as follows:

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“The Aegean Sea has its own characteristics. The delimitation of the continental shelf and the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) are not the only problems between the two countries. The reality is that in a theoretical situation where we will limit only the continental shelf and the EEZ, we will not be able to resolve all the outstanding issues and we will continue to have problems, which is what we want to avoid.

For example, the extent of the territorial waters of the Aegean Sea is an important issue. We categorically do not reject territorial waters up to 12 nautical miles when conditions permit. The Black Sea or the Ionian Sea is an example. However, the freedom of navigation with 12 nautical miles of territorial waters in the Aegean Sea will be severely affected from the outset. We cannot allow such an extension. The dispute over the 1923 Lausanne Peace Treaty and the 1947 Peace Treaty on the Legal Status of Islands, Islets and Reefs and Demilitarized Greek Islands cannot be isolated or ignored. As I said, our ultimate goal is to solve all the problems with Greece and not just to save the situation, but to reach a permanent solution. “

CYPRUS PROBLEM

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Referring to the Cyprus issue, Çavuşoğlu said: “The vision of the Turkish side is to establish a cooperative relationship between the two island states on the basis of sovereign equality and equal international status. We should all learn from the failures of the past Persisting in old UN Security Council resolutions can only plunge us into a vicious circle. That is why we must chart a new course with a realistic, constructive and constructive approach. open-minded. makes its assessment.

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