EU Council calls for multilateral summit on east Med

EU Council calls for multilateral summit on east Med


A multilateral conference could be held to lower tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean, the head of the EU Council said on Sept. 4.

Speaking to the press on Turkey-EU relations and the latest developments in the Eastern Mediterranean, Charles Michel reminded a coming summit to be held with heads of EU member states on Sept. 24-25.

During the meeting, the leaders will discuss policies towards Turkey, how to improve relations, exclusive economic zone borders in the Eastern Mediterranean, energy, security, and migration, he added.

He also offered to hold a multilateral conference to reduce the tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean, suggesting that the interested parties and NATO could participate in the meeting.

Stressing that Turkey and Greece were also informed of the conference, Michel considered it the best way to reduce tension in the region and open a dialogue channel.

Greece has disputed Turkey’s current energy exploration activities in the Eastern Mediterranean, trying to box in Turkish maritime territory based on small islands near the Turkish coast.

Turkey – the country with the longest coastline in the Mediterranean – has sent out drill ships to explore for energy on its continental shelf, saying that Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) have rights in the region.

Dialogue for fairly sharing these resources will be a win-win for all sides, say Turkish officials.