Greece to submit proposals for the de-escalation of tension to NATO

A North Atlantic Alliance (NATO) meeting on the eastern Mediterranean on Thursday will give the Greek government a chance to submit its proposals for the creation of a mechanism to help de-escalate tension in the region, say sources.

The same sources told Kathimerini newspaper that the decision was made on Wednesday when the NATO convened at the request of Greece.

The country’s representatives outlined Turkish violations in the Aegean and stressed the impact which these actions are having in the Aegean. Greece stressed the commitment under Article 1 of NATO’s charter for a peaceful resolution to differences.

A meeting between Greek and Turkish military delegations on 8 September at NATO headquarters in Brussels, postponed by the NATO Military Committee, will also take place on Thursday.

The Greek government has repeatedly called for the need for Turkey to withdraw its ships, including the Oruc Reis seismic survey vessel, from its continental shelf in order for dialogue to begin.