Tripartite summit in Cairo to focus on tensions with Turkey in E.Med

The summit between Greece, Cyprus and Egypt on Tuesday will discuss the rising tensions with Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean over potentially rich hydrocarbon reserves in the region, Greek daily Kathimerini reported.

Before the summit in Cairo, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said the regional cooperation is “open to all states in the region whose foreign policy and relations with their neighbours are based on international law,” as Kathimerini quoted.

Turkey maintains that rights of Turkish Cypriots in the northern third of the island, under the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus recognised only by Turkey, are being violated as the internationally recognised Republic of Cyprus conducts explorations for gas in areas of the Mediterranean where Turkey and Turkish Cypriots claim territorial rights.

Egypt, Greece, Cyprus, and Israel are now working to create a regional energy architecture that currently excludes Turkey. Cyprus signed an agreement to demarcate its EEZ with Egypt in 2013. Turkey claims that the accord violates the Turkish continental shelf.

Turkey has also announced a military incursion into Kurdish-held territories in north-east Syria on Monday, reviving concerns over a new wave of migration out of Syria, which is expected to be discussed in the Cairo summit.