Turkey calls on Greece to abide by international law, protect minority

Ankara on Tuesday urged Athens to abide by international law and to act in accordance with good neighbouring relations, instead of escalating anti-Ankara policies.

According to a National Security Council statement revealed after a meeting chaired by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Ankara, senior officials discussed foreign policy, terrorism, and regional developments, as well as “Greece’s human rights violations against its Turkish minority and irregular migrants,” state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

Regarding the dispute in the eastern Mediterranean, the council also said that countries from outside the region should stay neutral on the issue and protect mutual rights and benefits.

In the recent years, Turkey, Greece and Cyprus have been in loggerheads over territorial claims and Ankara’s drilling activities for the potential hydrocarbon resources in the disputed waters of eastern Mediterranean.

The European Union says Turkey’s drilling in the region is illegal, but Ankara says areas claimed by Cyprus in its exclusive economic zone fall on Turkey’s continental shelf. Turkey maintains it has the right to search for oil and gas off its shoreline as its continental shelf extends further than the current internationally recognised limits.