Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu announced that it was agreed to work on a road map with the EU administrators in order to reduce the tension in relations with the European Union. In his meeting with EU Council President Charles Michel and EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, the minister said that they agreed to “form a joint team and work on a roadmap showing” when and what action can be taken “. He also stated that he requested to participate in the negotiations as an observer and gave his approval.
Foreign Minister Cavusoglu, in relations between Turkey and the European Union, due to the crisis in the eastern Mediterranean, the summer held a press conference after his meeting in Brussels in order to overcome the ongoing crisis since then. Especially in the positive media framework that have occurred since the December summit to continue the dialogue with the EU and then stating that visited Brussels to determine what steps to take to him, “in the relations with the EU was in 2020 a troubled year. But the December summit results extended a hand to Turkey “We saw it and we responded to this extended hand. We agreed to work on a road map. We will form a joint team determined by the Presidency with the team of Michel, Von der Leyen and Borrell. When we will talk about what action we can take.
Saying that they agree with the EU to continue the dialogue in the upcoming period, Çavuşoğlu emphasized that “concrete steps should be taken” as EU administrators told him.
He added, “This job is not one-sided. We have transferred our expectations of our interlocutors. The EU also has expectations of us. They was listening able. Which we can take steps in matters? Fulfilled Turkey liabilities Comparison of the agreement but did not bring the EU instead. Migration reconciliation 5th year entered Visa liberalization did not come true due to the strict attitude of EU members. This agreement is not only aiding Syrian immigrants and stopping illegal immigrants, there are very important factors in terms of relations with the EU. There is a promise of renewal of the Customs Union agreement, visa liberalization. “We have fulfilled 66 of the 72 criteria prepared on this issue. There are currently 4 criteria. In my opinion, there are obstacles to visa liberalization for political reasons.”
Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu stated that the membership negotiation process should not be terminated for the healthy progress of relations with the EU. He said that they were always ready to meet the opening and closing criteria of the chapters, but now everyone knows that the issue is political. He noted that the EU did not date Albania and Macedonia for the same political reasons, and the deadline was slowed down with Montenegro.
The European Parliament and noted that perform useful talks with NATO, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, said that Turkey exhibits a positive approach him want to continue their relationship with everyone. Cavusoglu, the interlocutors in Brussels “a positive approach and relations closer tendency to” observe that said: “The EU also acknowledges the importance of relations with Turkey. There are problems, we know we can not be solved within a short period of these problems. But this roadmap together on There is a determination to make this process permanent by working and taking concrete steps. We conveyed our thoughts and said that the ‘let’s make an agreement, we will see it in practice’ approach is no longer useful.
“The EU wanted to be an observer to the Cyprus negotiations”
Minister Çavuşoğlu stated that Greece and Cyprus issues were also discussed in the talks, and that they will start exploratory talks with Greece on Monday (January 25), and that three guarantor countries and the UN will come together under the roof of the United Nations in late February or early March for the Cyprus negotiations. Stating that the EU wants to participate in these meetings as “observers”, Çavuşoğlu said, “There is no problem for the EU to participate in these meetings. They also attended Crans-Montana and they saw clearly who wanted a solution and who did not. He completely neglected the TRNC. There was no contact. Moreover, he only defended the rights of the Greek Cypriot side as our member. We need to regain their trust. It is not a problem for us, but the environment of trust must be restored, “he said.
When asked about the statement from Athens, “We aim to increase our territorial waters to 12 miles in the east of Crete,” Çavuşoğlu said, “Greece’s desire to increase its territorial waters to 12 miles in Albania and the Ionian Sea is not new. does not affect Sea View. Therefore us does not influence. But the description of the Aegean was spotted in the EU. There is no benefit to that of Greece. Greece should refrain from such statements. Turkey’s position in the Aegean Sea has not changed. this is a national issue. My personal friend Dendias (Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias) made a false statement. I told my counterparts in the EU, some provocations are still continuing, such as laying cables under the sea, broadcasting NAVTAX and not doing anything …. Waiting for us to provocate. But we know their tricks. Talks start on Monday. I hope there will be meaningful, result-oriented talks, “he said.
Stating that they talked to Charles Michel about the conference proposal with broad participation in the Eastern Mediterranean, Çavuşoğlu said, “We said, ‘Not only the Eastern Mediterranean countries, but all Mediterranean countries and even all the countries that have companies there, should participate.’ Our problem is fair sharing. The addressee of the Greek Cypriot side is the TRNC on fair sharing and income sharing. The Greek side says that they do not recognize the TRNC. We do not know the Greek side. We should not approach like that. .