Berlin (dts news agency) – FDP and the Greens have called on the federal government to step up their efforts to resolve the dispute between Turkey and Greece. “Foreign Minister Maas must not stop at appeals and, under the responsibility of this Council Presidency, must now bring Greece and Turkey to the negotiating table together with the other Mediterranean countries for a Mediterranean dialogue,” said the Green Europe expert Franziska Brantner of the “editorial network Germany” ( Tuesday editions).
“De-escalation is needed and a moratorium during the negotiations. At the same time, Maas should make it clear to Turkey that it should be very interested in a good relationship with the EU,” said Brantner. The FDP parliamentary group vice-president Alexander Graf Lambsdorff called on the federal government to make a clear commitment. “The German government, together with the EU, must send a clear sign of solidarity towards Greece and Cyprus: Turkey’s behavior is unacceptable,” he said.
Lambsdorff suggested calling a neutral mediator: “Similar to Bill Clinton in 1996, he could moderate talks between Turkey, Greece and the EU. The aim is to prevent a military conflict in the Mediterranean and to encourage Turkey to comply with the Lausanne Treaty remember, “said the Liberal. In addition, Lambsdorff demanded the end of the EU negotiations with Turkey: “Contrary to all hopes of the Union, SPD and Greens, the accession process has not led to an improvement in European-Turkish relations or the democratic and constitutional standards within Turkey – on the contrary”, said Lambsdorff.