ISTANBUL – Turkey has sent a letter to the EU, UN and NATO in which solutions are offered to ease tensions between it and Greece, which have escalated over the summer.
The news was given by the Anadolu news agency, which quoted diplomatic sources as saying that Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on September 1 sent a letter to 25 European Union capitals, the head of EU foreign policy, Josep Borrell, permanent members of the UN. Security Council as well as NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
Explaining “Turkey’s position and views on the solution of the Aegean problems, the letters also drew attention to Greece’s illegal actions and maximalist demands”, Anadolu reported, and offered proposals to resolve the crisis.
In recent weeks, Turkey has reported actions by Greek forces that it considers “hostile”.
In addition to pushbacks of migrants in the Aegean Sea, Turkey has accused Greece of violating its “airspace and territorial waters more than 1,100 times in the first eight months of 2022 alone”, Anadolu noted, adding that Turkey has spoken out against “repeated acts of provocation and rhetoric by Greece in the region in recent months, including the arming of islands near the Turkish coast which are demilitarized under a treaty, affirming that such measures frustrate its good faith efforts for peace”. Turkey claims that Greece has also harassed Turkish fighter jets involved in NATO missions.
“Monumental distortion of the facts”, Greece calls for condemnation
ATHENS – Greece has called for international condemnation after Turkey sent a letter to EU, NATO and UN officials outlining what it calls “hostile” actions against it by Greece , claiming that Turkey is behaving in a provocative way that could destabilize the region. The letter sent by Turkey offered solutions to ease the tension between the two countries along the Aegean Sea. Tension between the two has increased in recent days and Turkey has made a number of threats, Greece claims. The Greek daily Kathimerini quoted Greek diplomatic sources on Wednesday as saying that the letter “is repeated ad nauseam [Turkey’s] long-standing, baseless and illegal unilateral claims. Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias sent letters to EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, both dated September 5, as well as the letter sent by the Permanent Representative of Greece to the United States. Nations Maria Theofili to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on September 6, according to Kathimerini. The letters would demand a clear condemnation of Turkey’s attitude. destabilizing our wider region and causing consequences whose gravity is difficult to assess,” the Greek foreign minister wrote, according to Kathimerini. ” During the last years, [Turkey] builds its revisionist program through propaganda calling into question the entire territorial status quo as established by the treaties and thus endangering regional security and stability”, is it written in the letters, reports the Greek daily.