EU leaders who attended the Euro-Mediterranean MED7 Conference at Corsica reiterated their full support and solidarity with Greece and Cyprus in the face of repeated infringements on their sovereignty and sovereign rights, as well as confrontational actions by Turkey, read the conclusions of the Declaration of Ajaccio that was signed at the end of the conference late on Thursday.
In the text, the leaders of Greece, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Malta and Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades called on all countries in the region to abide International Law and by the International Law of the Sea, and encouraged all parties to resolve their differences through dialogue and negotiation.
The leaders welcomed the mediation effort of High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell and Germany to achieve a resumption of the dialogue between Greece and Turkey on the maritime zones issue.
The seven leaders, taking into account the conclusions of the recent European Council, said they regret that Turkey has not responded to the EU’s repeated calls to end its unilateral and illegal actions in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean.
In addition, they called “on Turkey to respond to the invitation of the Government of Cyprus for delimitation negotiations in good faith, in full respect of International Law, as well as submitting the issue of delimitation of maritime boundaries to the International Court of Justice.”
A text issued at the conclusion of the meeting states the leaders’ “determination to use all adequate means at the disposal of the European Union in response to these confrontational actions […] in line with the latest Informal Meeting of EU Foreign Ministers (Gymnich), we agree to speed up work on the additional listings based on the proposals tabled so far, with a view to a rapid adoption.”
Finally, the leaders maintain “that in absence of progress in engaging Turkey into a dialogue and unless it ends its unilateral activities, the EU is ready to develop a list of further restrictive measures that could be discussed at the European Council on 24-25 September,” clarifies the Declaration of Ajaccio.