Macron says EU wants to reengage a dialogue with Turkey over Eastern Med crisis

Duvar English / Reuters

After a summit of Mediterranean leaders, French President Emmanuel Macron has said that Europe wants to renew dialogue with Turkey amid heightened tensions over the Eastern Mediterranean.

“We want to reengage a dialogue… we are not naive but we want to reengage in good faith,” Macron said on Sept. 10 after the summit of seven EU Mediterranean leaders in Corsica.

“It
is genuinely by restoring normal relations which allow stability in
the region with Turkey, to obtain the end of unilateral actions,”
he said.

Macron
however also warned that Turkey was “no longer a partner in the
region” of the Eastern Mediterranean due to its behaviour.

“We Europeans need to be clear and firm with the government of president Erdoğan, which today is behaving in an unacceptable manner,” Macron said.

Following
the summit, the EU’s Mediterranean states said in a statement that
the EU will draw up a list of new sanctions on Turkey at
the end of September unless Ankara comes to the negotiating table to
resolve the Eastern Mediterrenean issue.

“We maintain that in the absence of progress in engaging Turkey into a dialogue and unless it ends its unilateral activities, the EU is ready to develop a list of further restrictive measures that could be discussed at the European Council of Sept 24-25,” the communique said.

The position of the seven EU states does not necessarily reflect the stance of the whole bloc.

Cyprus’ proposal in June to impose EU sanctions on more Turkish companies and individuals has not been approved as many EU states, including Germany, want to defuse the Turkey stand-off through dialogue.

Speaking at a news conference at the end of the Corsica summit, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Ankara still has time to end its exploration activities in non-demarcated maritime zones before the EU summit later this month.

“We will avert Turkey’s attempt to divide Europe,” he said, adding that Greece has been fulfilling its duty in protecting EU borders and expects solidarity in return.

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About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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