Strong reaction from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Visionless and disconnected from reality

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reacted sharply to the sections on the Eastern Mediterranean, Cyprus and irregular migration of the joint statement published yesterday at the summit held in Athens and attended by 9 European Union members. On the subject, the ministry said, “The statement made is biased, without vision and disconnected from reality, as in previous years. We invite the countries that follow Greece’s footsteps to abandon their biased and biased attitudes.”
8η Σύνοδος Κορυφής των Μεσογειακών χωρών της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης (EU – MED), με τη συμμετοχή, για πρώτη φορά, της Σλοβενίας και της Κροατίας στο Κέντρο Πολιτισμού Ίδρυμα Σταύρος Νιάρχος, Παρασκευή 17 Σεπτεμβρίου 2021. (EUROKINISSI/ΓΙΑΝΝΗΣ ΠΑΝΑΓΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ)

At the summit held in Athens, the capital of Greece, with the participation of Spain, Italy, Malta, Portugal, the Greek Cypriot Administration (GCA), France, Croatia and Slovenia, the Athens Declaration was published, listing the steps to be taken to combat the climate crisis.

The declaration included topics such as climate change, biodiversity, forests, marine pollution and civil defense.

Cyprus issue discussed

In the final declaration of the summit, it was claimed that the bicommunal, bi-zonal federation solution was adopted in the Cyprus issue, and that the two-state solution was unacceptable and that the decision to open Maraş should be withdrawn. In the declaration, it was argued that the borders of the continental shelf and the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) should be determined by peaceful means in accordance with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, and the call of the Greek Cypriot administration to resolve the issue through dialogue, including the possibility of the International Court of Justice, was pointed out.

“Detached from reality”

There was a strong reaction from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the statement in question. Ministry Spokesperson Tanju Bilgiç said, “The sections on the Eastern Mediterranean, Cyprus and irregular migration of the joint declaration published as a result of the summit of the nine members of the EU in Athens are biased, visionless and disconnected from reality, as in previous years. We invite Greece and the Greek Cypriot Administration of Southern Cyprus (GCA) to abandon their one-sided and one-sided attitudes, which they follow blindly under the guise of.” gave his words.

“The offensive attitude must be stopped”

In his speech at the summit, Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis said that Turkey should respect the rules of international law and maritime law, as all other countries do, in order to ensure the security and stability of the Mediterranean. We expect him to put an end to his stance.”

“New solutions are unacceptable”

Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades, on the other hand, referred to Turkey’s search for a two-state solution and expressed the view that “the new forms of solution that the Turkish side is trying to develop cannot be accepted”.

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