Merkel on East Med: A Fine Line Between Military Conflict and Peaceful Settlement

September 30, 2020

BERLIN — "Nobody can imagine how fine the line is, in some cases, between military conflict and a peaceful settlement," stated German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Bundestag on Wednesday, referring to the recent 'serious' tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean "between Greece and Turkey and Turkey and Cyprus".

Ahead of the EU Summit on Thursday, during which there will also be a discussion of the EU's relations with Turkey, Merkel referred to the complaints regarding violations of human rights but also to Turkey's "spectacular and remarkable" performance" in terms of hosting refugees because, as Merkel said, it is the country with the highest number of refugees in the world, four million. "We must weigh very carefully how we will handle the tensions and how we will enhance our cooperation in migration and for the humane treatment of migrants and refugees," the Chancellor said, adding that "we must redefine our relation with Turkey each time and insist on collaboration with it in important matters."

 (ANA/ F. Karaviti) 


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