Defence Ministers condemn Turkey’s illegal actions

Greece, Cyprus, Egypt

Greece, Cyprus, Egypt

The 3rd Trilateral meeting between Greece, Cyprus and Egypt concluded in Athens yesterday with the National Defence Mministers of all three nations condemning Turkey's illegal actions in the East Mediterranean and Syria.

Greece's Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos, Egypt’s Mohamed Ahmed Zaki and Cyprus’ Savvas Angelides also expressed support for a political resolution of issues in Libya and committed to working towards peace and stability in the region.

Mr Panagiotopoulos said "we condemned Turkey's illegal actions in Cyprus' maritime zones that comprise a blatant violation of international law and the Law of the Sea Convention, as well as Turkey's aggressive stance, with violations of the Greek air space and Greece's territorial waters, which contravenes international law and the principles of good neighborhood."

The three Ministers agreed that the Turkish invasion of Syria "will lead to a new humanitarian crisis and increase even more migration flows from Turkey to Greece, as well as affect negatively our efforts to fight terrorism," the Greek Defence Minister said.

On Wednesday, the three Ministers will head to Crete, where they will observe the last phase of the multinational inter-branch exercise "Medusa".

All three Defence Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen and expand their collaboration, and set the next meeting in 2020 on Cyprus.