(ANSA) – ISTANBUL, SEPTEMBER 15 – Turkey has issued a new notice to mariners (Navtex) in the Aegean Sea, in which it denounces a violation by Greece of the status of Chios as a non-militarized island, provided for by the Treaty of Lausanne of 1923 The island is located a few miles off the Turkish coast of Cesme, in the province of Izmir, from whose station the communication on navigation restrictions was issued.
Meanwhile, EU High Representative Josep Borrell speaking to the plenary of the European Parliament, stressed the need to “resume dialogue” with Ankara, inviting Turkey to “refrain from taking unilateral action.” The situation in the Eastern Mediterranean requires urgent commitment. and collective “, said Borrell.” We are facing a watershed in our relations with Turkey, the solutions will not come from a relationship based on confrontation, we do not want this – he added -. Turkey is an important neighbor for the EU and is a key partner in many areas such as migration “.
“Our relations with Turkey are at a crossroads – he concluded – and the time has come for our leaders to take difficult decisions” at the European Council on 24 and 25 September. He then specified that “there is still no agreement on sanctions”. To sanction a third country requires the unanimity of the 27.
Meanwhile, the technical talks between the military delegations of Turkey and Greece at the presidency of the NATO military committee in Brussels are resuming to try to establish communication channels to avoid new incidents in the eastern Mediterranean. (HANDLE).
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