At his distant address to the UN, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday proposed holding a regional conference on territorial disputes in the eastern Mediterranean, topics with strong tensions between Ankara and Europeans.
A call for dialogue in a context of strong tensions. Speaking from a distance before the UN General Assembly, the Turkish leader proposed on Tuesday, September 22, to organize a conference to resolve territorial disputes in the Mediterranean between Turkey and several European states.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan has expressed a desire to resolve disagreements “fairly and appropriately” through dialogue, but warned that “meaningless” attempts to exclude his country from the plans for the eastern Mediterranean would be doomed to failure.
“I would like to renew my call for dialogue and cooperation between the Mediterranean coastal states. We therefore propose that a regional conference be held in which all the rights and interests of all coastal states will be taken into account,” he added. he says.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan in passing asked that the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, recognized only by Ankara, be associated with this conference.
The Turkish Presidency has previously announced that Ankara and Athens had agreed to resume exploratory talks on the territorial conflict between them in the eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean in the near future.
During the day, Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Council President Charles Michel.
The Turkish leader expressed hope that the European summit was originally scheduled for Thursday and Friday, but rescheduled 1your and 2 October (Charles Michel, President-in-Office of the European Council, to remain in isolation after being in contact with a person positive for the coronavirus) would give new impetus to relations between Turkey and the European Union.
He hopes for concrete measures, such as updating the customs union, the possibility of traveling without a visa or even taking into account the issue of migration, which, he added, would make it possible to start over on a positive basis.
Emmanuel Macron ready for a dialogue without “threats”
Last week, Turkey withdrew Oruc Reis, an oil exploration vessel, from disputed waters in the eastern Mediterranean to facilitate diplomatic efforts with Greece.
Athens praised a first positive step to alleviate tensions over the region’s hydrocarbon resources, some of which are claimed by the two countries.
Tensions between the two countries have worsened since the arrival of Oruç Reis in August in this disputed area, as Greece, Cyprus and Turkey claim. Greece, France and Italy recently carried out military maneuvers in this sector.
Emmanuel Macron also spoke via video to the UN General Assembly, saying he was “ready for dialogue” with Turkey but added that Ankara must respect European sovereignty and international law, but also clarify its activities in Libya and Syria.
“We Europeans are ready for dialogue, for the essential construction of a Pax Mediterranea, but not at the expense of threats, not at the expense of the strongest logic, with respect for international law, cooperation and respect among allies,” he said. are non-negotiable. “
The Turkish Presidency then announced that Emmanuel Macron and Recep Tayyip Erdogan had spoken by telephone. According to her, the Turkish president wanted France to adopt a constructive approach to removing tensions and stressed the need to adopt diplomatic overtures.
The Élysée, for its part, states that the head of state “recalled his constant readiness for dialogue and the interest he attaches to a solid relationship between the European Union and Turkey, on a clear and respectful basis. The interests of each.”
“In this regard, he called on Turkey to fully respect EU Member States as well as international law, to refrain from further unilateral measures that could cause tensions and to engage unequivocally in the construction of an area of peace and cooperation in the Mediterranean,” the Presidency continues. in a press release.
“He also called on Turkey to fully respect the arms embargo in Libya within the framework defined by the UN, as well as the security interests of its allies in Syria,” she added.