“Greece’s sovereignty over these islands is unquestionable,” the European Union said on Sunday, a day after also the US State Department expressed the same position following Turkey’s provocations by the Foreign Minister..
“Greece’s sovereignty over these islands is unquestionable. Turkey should respect it, refrain from provocative statements and actions in this regard, commit unequivocally to good neighbourly relations and work to settle any disputes peacefully. International agreements must be respected,” EU’s Spokesperson for External Affairs Peter Spano said in a statement released on Sunday.
“Comments by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in a recent interview, disputing Greece’s sovereignty over some of its islands, are counterproductive and contradict de-escalation efforts in the Eastern Mediterranean called for in the Conclusions of the European Council from 23 March and 24-25 June 2021,” Spano added.
The statement was issued after a telephone convrsation of Greek FM Nikos Dendias with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Joseph Borrell, Skai TV reported.
Also UK’s Foreign Office reportedly issued a statement in favor of Greece.
On Thursday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called on Greece to demilitarize the islands, warning that if Athens does not change its stance, then the debate questioning their sovereignty will begin.