Qa-81, 28 August 2020, Statement Of The Spokesperson Of Ministry Of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Hami Aksoy, In Response To A Question Regarding The Statement To The Press Following The Informal Meeting Of Ministers Of Foreign Affairs Of The Eu

Republic Of Turkey Ministry Of Foreign Affairs 28.08.2020

The cause of the tension in the Eastern Mediterranean is Greece and the Greek Cypriot Administration (GCA), with their maximalist actions and claims in contravention of international law. The unconditional support given by the EU on the pretext of union solidarity, to this duo, who tries to ignore the legitimate rights and interests of our country and the Turkish Cypriots in the Eastern Mediterranean, further escalates the tension.

It is not up to the EU to criticize Turkey’s hydrocarbon activities within its own continental shelf and to call for their termination. Because, as confirmed by the European Court of Justice, the EU has no jurisdiction on this matter. This call is contrary to the EU's own acquis and international law.

We invite the EU and EU member states not to support Greece's maximalist claims in contravention of international law, under a pretext of union solidarity.

Greece is not an archipelagic state. It is against international law and jurisprudence for Greek islands, especially Kastellorizo, that are closer to the Anatolian peninsula, to have a continental shelf.

EU’s resort to a language of sanctions, while Turkey always underlines dialogue and diplomacy, will deteriorate the solution of current problems. Such language will only strengthen Turkey’s determination. Turkey, despite all the unlawful alliances established against her, will continue to resolutely protect her and Turkish Cypriots’ rights and interests.

If a solution to the issue is geniunely desired, Greece and the Greek Cypriot Administration should recognize that the situation at hand is no longer sustainable and they need to understand that they should not act based on the wrong calculations of those behind them. Consequently, EU should act impartially and be an honest broker, if it wishes for a solution in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Monday - Friday

09:00 - 12:30 / 14:00 - 18:00

Please note that the visa applications will be accepted in Turkish Service Agency located in Addis Ababa, Snap Plaza ( Address: Africa Avenue, tel: +251 11 666 22 11) on weekdays between 09:00 - 16:00 hours.
1/7/2018 Ethiopian Christmas
1/19/2018 Ethiopian Epiphany
3/2/2018 Victory of Adwa
4/6/2018 Ethiopian Good Friday
4/8/2018 Ethiopian Easter
5/1/2018 Labour Day
5/5/2018 Ethiopian Patriots Day
5/28/2018 Downfall of Derg
6/15/2018 Eid Al Fitir
8/21/2018 Eid Al-Adha (Arafa)
9/11/2018 Ethiopian New Year
9/27/2018 Finding the True Cross
11/21/2018 Birth of the Prophet Mohammad (Mawlid)
1/7/2019 1/7/2019 Ethiopian Christmas
1/19/2019 1/19/2019 Ethiopian Epiphany
3/2/2019 3/2/2019 Victory of Adwa
4/26/2019 4/26/2019 Good Friday
4/28/2019 4/28/2019 Ethiopian Easter
5/1/2019 5/1/2019 International Labour Day
5/5/2019 5/5/2019 Ethiopian Patriots Day
5/28/2019 5/28/2019 Downfall of Dergue
6/4/2019 6/4/2019 Id Al Fitr
8/11/2019 8/11/2019 Id Al Adha
9/11/2019 9/11/2019 Ethiopian New Year
9/27/2019 9/27/2019 Finding the True Cross
10/20/2019 10/20/2019 Birth of the Prophet Mohammed
1/7/2020 1/7/2020 Ethiopian Christmas Day
1/20/2020 1/20/2020 Ethiopian Epiphany
3/2/2020 3/2/2020 Adwa Victory Commemoration Day
4/17/2020 4/17/2020 Ethiopian Good Friday
4/19/2020 4/19/2020 Ethiopian Easter Sunday
5/1/2020 5/1/2020 International Labour Day
5/5/2020 5/5/2020 Ethiopian Patriots' Day
5/24/2020 5/24/2020 Eid-al-Fitr
5/28/2020 5/28/2020 Derg Downfall Day
7/31/2020 7/31/2020 Eid-al-Adha (Arefa)
9/11/2020 9/11/2020 Ethiopian New Year
9/27/2020 9/27/2020 Finding of True Cross (Meskel)
10/29/2020 10/29/2020 Birth of the Prophet Mohammed