Mustafa Kaya: "How are we surrounded in the Mediterranean?"

Mustafa Kaya: "How are we surrounded in the Mediterranean?"
Date: 21.9.2021 16:00

Milli Gazete columnist Mustafa Kaya writes on Cyprus and EU policies toward Turkey. Here is the full article.

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The European Union continues to impose unilateral impositions on Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean. EU Member Southern European Countries (Med9), consisting of France, Croatia, Spain, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia, Greece and the Greek Cypriot Administration, reached a consensus on various impositions built on Turkey at the summit they held last Saturday. This meeting also showed that the Greek Cypriot Administration of Southern Cyprus is living the safest period in its history with the EU umbrella under which it took refuge.
At this meeting, French President Emmanuel Macron accused Turkey of being an aggressor in the Eastern Mediterranean and called for the EU to “determine its own strategic defense against various provocations observed in the region”. He also declared that "France and the EU will do whatever is necessary to protect the rights of Greece and Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean". Encouraged by this meeting, Greece announced Navtex in the area east of Crete, including Turkey's continental shelf. Greece, Israel and the GCA had chartered the Malta-flagged Nautical Geo research vessel to be used in such joint actions last July. Greece also explained the purpose of Navtex, in which this ship was used, as "research for the purpose of mapping the possible route of the East Med pipeline east of Crete". Turkey, on the other hand, described this initiative of Greece as "provocative" and issued a counter Navtex, stating that the necessary measures were taken.
While there is a Turkey besieged by the United States of America through the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean, on the other hand, the harassment attempts by the EU, which uses Greece and the Greek Cypriot Administration as a ram, is nothing but chaotically narrowing Turkey's field of action. Greek Prime Minister Kiriakos Mitsotakis' emphasis on "international law and the law of the sea" is empty in content and completely fictional, but also consists of a virtual approach. These two areas, which have turned into useful devices for the double standards of Western countries, are openly exploited by Mitsotakis.
However, Turkey made a vital mistake in the process of making the Greek Cypriot Administration a member of the EU under the name of the Republic of Cyprus in 2004 and did not put forth everything to prevent this. Today's landscape is the result of fatal mistakes made that day. Unfortunately, with this mistake, the addressee on the island is no longer the Greek Cypriot Administration, but the EU.
On the other hand, at the Med9 meeting, where impositions were made on Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean, another agenda was the issue of immigrants. Participating countries threatening Turkey in the Mediterranean, mockingly declared that they had "agreed to cooperate with Turkey on migration". They expressed that they agree with Turkey that aid should be provided to neighboring countries to Afghanistan. In other words, they unanimously confirmed that the EU sees Turkey as a concentration camp for immigrants.
As a result, it may take centuries to eliminate the negativities of a wrong decision or a wrong step taken in foreign policy. It seems that it will not be possible to break through these sieges by evaluating foreign policy and diplomacy on the basis of current conditions and roles. We have to make a different exit and find new diplomatic solutions first. Because the distance between Turkey's vision in discourse and the realities it faces on the field has started to widen. We must bring this closer together with common sense and urgently implement a road map that will eliminate the sieges.


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