Pompeo Urges Greece, Turkey to Resume Talks Over Territorial Spat


Pompeo visited Athens last October and signed an agreement with Greece that provided for increasing joint U.S. -Greece and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation activity at three locations in Greece, as well as infrastructure and other improvements at Souda Bay.

On Sept. 10, Turkish and Greek military delegations began a series of technical talks at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters in Brussels and broader exploratory talks between state leaders are expected to begin soon, a move Pompeo lauded. The Turkish behaviour will be examined in detail there and I hope that the message to Ankara will be absolutely clear: "unilateral actions cause side effects, aggressive moves bring similar responses, so provocations must stop in order for dialogue to begin on our difference with Turkey, which is nothing more than the delimitation of maritime zones in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean", he added. "Let us make energy a means for cooperation, not for conflict".

"For this to happen, the Crete Naval Base needs to be upgraded and strengthened", he added, pointing out to amendments to the Mutual Defense Cooperation Agreement between Athens and the U.S., which is expected to happen in the coming days.

"Against this backdrop, we will have an in-depth discussion on Friday morning on unlocking the full potential of the Single Market, developing an ambitious industrial policy and exploiting the opportunities offered by the latest digital developments".

"The US was proceeding cautiously, balancing US interests in various areas of the region ranging from Syria, Cyprus, to Libya, among others", Tanchum told Al-Monitor.

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"Departing Greece today, gratified by the extraordinary progress we have made in U.S. -Greece relations since my visit a year ago". "(But) events in the eastern Mediterranean are forcing Washington to accelerate the pace at which it deepens its involvement".

He added, "After the U.S. election, we may see greater United States involvement". Let us not forget that a few days ago Mr. Pompeo was also in Cyprus.

Turkey has since recalled the ship, saying the move would clear the way for more talks before a two-day European Union summit that begins on October 1.

Belarus, China, the poisoning of Alexei Navalny and the Nagorno-Karabakh escalation will also be hot topics during the two-day summit in Brussels. European Union members will address the territorial disagreement and also discuss possible sanctions against Turkey that have been demanded by Cyprus, Greece and France.