Threatened with sanctions on the East Mediterranean, Turkey is ready to negotiate
, Jakarta - The President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, stated that he is ready to negotiate the resolution of the conflict in the East Mediterranean Sea . Even so, he stressed that he would not just give up regarding his problems with Greece. As is known, both of them are fighting over claims over natural gas resources in the East Mediterranean.
This statement was made by Erdogan during a video conference conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Merkel contacted Erdogan as a preliminary discussion before the European Union Meeting where one would discuss sanctions related to conflict in the East Mediterranean.
"The existing conflict can be resolved by negotiation. Provided, there is a constructive approach and considering justice," said Erdogan's press statement as quoted by Al Jazeera news agency, Thursday, September 17, 2020.
Erdogan stressed that he would fight hard to defend Turkey's rights in the eastern Mediterranean. Various active policies, he said, will be implemented for this. That is why he admitted that he would not just give up in the negotiation process if it materialized.
According to Erdogan's administration, so far, the European Union has been biased regarding issues in the East Mediterranean. The European Union is seen as more supportive of Greece regarding conflicts related to natural gas resources in the high seas.
In resolving conflicts in the East Mediterranean, Germany plays a mediating role. This was not long after Greece and Turkey both demonstrated their military capability in the air and in the sea between Cyprus and Crete. As for Turkey, it has temporarily stopped its exploration activities in the East Mediterranean for the reason of repairing the ship.
"Once the repairs are over, we will continue our operations in the East Mediterranean with complete confidence," said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.
ISTMAN MP | AL JAZEERA