The Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, made a special reference to the climate crisis and the need to deal with it without delay and in coordination with all countries, in view of the UN Climate Conference.
Regarding the Cyprus issue, Mr. Mitsotakis made special reference to the criminal behavior of Turkey towards the Republic of Cyprus, both in its maritime zones and in Varosia. He did not hide his disappointment for the stagnation in the settlement of the Cyprus issue, emphasizing the firm position of Athens: “Solution to the Cyprus issue based on the decisions of the UN Security Council for a solution of a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation”.
“Any discussion of a two-state solution is unacceptable,” he said.
Among other things, Mr. Mitsotakis spoke about the price paid by Greece and the Mediterranean in the summer, as well as the EUMED decisions and the Athens Declaration, but also the ambitious goals of the Greek government for the green transition.
“People can face the challenges, we proved it with Covid”, stressed Mr. Mitsotakis, referring to the need for a common stance of the international community in the face of the climate crisis. The Prime Minister even spoke at this point about the “mega-fires” that burned, as he said, Greece in the summer.
At the same time, the Prime Minister sent a message to Turkey that the only way to delimit maritime zones is a common framework of rules, namely International Law and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). “We always live with the casus belli over our heads,” he said.
Greece, he stressed, always seeks open channels of communication with Turkey, but the intensity of the summer of 2020 should not be repeated: “Greece will continue to defend its sovereignty and sovereign rights, but at the same time will seek ways of cooperation with Turkey “, He underlined at this point. “Turkey must understand that this aggression undermines stability and prosperity in the region,” he said.
Source: First Issue