EU representative urges Turkey to stop Greek overflights

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EU High Representative Josep Borrell has addressed Turkish Foreign Mevlut Cavusoglu in a letter saying that the Turkish overflights above the Greek islands are unnecessary and that those motions are not aligned with de-escalation. 

According to diplomatic sources, Borrell’s letter was a reply to a letter that Cavusoglu wrote to him accusing Greece of being more or less responsible for the tension in Greek-Turkish relations. 

In the letter, Borrell reportedly said that the overflights over Greek territory, as well as the escalation of hostile rhetoric against Greece and the Greek people, are moving in the opposite direction of de-escalation. 

Greek diplomacy frequently brings up Turkish overflights to emphasise the perilous nature of Turkish revisionism.

In his letter, Borrell also reportedly referred to the need for the delimitation of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and the continental shelf through dialogue and full respect for international law and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. 

He also referred to the International Court of Justice in The Hague as one of the ways to peacefully resolve the existing disputes. 

Source: Ekathimerini

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