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“Greece’s sovereignty over the islands is unquestionable,” says EU statement

“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.

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One comment

  1. Not one drop of water or one grain of sand will be ceded after the illegal invasion and illegal occupation of Cyprus.

    Greece has more right to pre-ottoman Turkish mainland like Constantinople and Smyrni than Turkey has to venture any further West.

    Greece must also extend its maritime borders to 12 miles to protect itself by meeting international standards and not confuse the international community should an aggressor ever trespass.

    The provocations never cease from turning Unesco heritage churches into mosques, to trying and pirate Verosha, crashing borders, sending military ships when seeking o pirate resources, etc.

    The lack of logic and aggression is profoundly astounding to put it politely.