Mil­i­tary de­con­flic­tion mech­a­nism es­tab­lished be­tween Greece, Turkey, NATO says

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Politics -

NATO said Thurs­day that a mil­i­tary de-con­flic­tion mech­a­nism be­tween Greece and Turkey for the East­ern Mediter­ranean dis­putes has been es­tab­lished.

Fol­low­ing a se­ries of tech­ni­cal meet­ings be­tween the mil­i­tary del­e­ga­tions of Greece and Turkey at NATO head­quar­ters in Brussels, a bi­lat­eral mil­i­tary de-con­flic­tion mech­a­nism was es­tab­lished, it said.

The mech­a­nism is de­signed to re­duce the risk of in­ci­dents and ac­ci­dents in the East­ern Mediter­ranean and in­cludes the cre­ation of a hot­line be­tween Greece and Turkey to fa­cil­i­tate de-con­flic­tion at sea or in the air, it added.

NATO Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Jens Stoltenber­g said in a state­ment: “I wel­come the es­tab­lish­ment of a mil­i­tary de-con­flic­tion mech­a­nism, achieved through the con­struc­tive en­gage­ment of Greece and Turkey, both val­ued NATO Al­lies. This safety mech­a­nism can help to cre­ate the space for diplo­matic ef­forts to ad­dress the un­der­ly­ing dis­pute, and we stand ready to de­velop it fur­ther. I will re­main in close con­tact with both Al­lies.”

Turk­ish and Greek mil­i­tary del­e­ga­tions have agreed on “gen­eral prin­ci­ples” in NATO talks, Turkey’s De­fense Min­istry also con­firmed fol­low­ing the NATO’s an­nounce­ment.

The fifth round of tech­ni­cal talks be­tween Turk­ish and Greek mil­i­tary del­e­ga­tions at NATO head­quar­ters was held last week.

Held in Brussels, the talks were planned af­ter a meet­ing be­tween Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­doğan and Stoltenber­g last month.

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