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MERKEL SAYS ALL EU COUNTRIES HAVE OBLIGATION TO SUPPORT ATHENS

MERKEL SAYS ALL EU COUNTRIES HAVE OBLIGATION TO SUPPORT ATHENS 1

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that all European Union countries have a responsibility to support Greece in its row with Turkey over Cyprus’ offshore energy resources.

 The chancellor added that she had already discussed the dispute between Athens and Ankara with French President Emmanuel Macron.

Merkel also confirmed that Germany is “committed to” prevent an escalation of the dispute between the two countries over the eastern Mediterranean and has called for jointly resolving the conflict over Cyprus’ exclusive economic zones.

Tensions between Greece and Turkey escalated again early in August after Ankara announced the renewal of its efforts to find gas and oil in offshore areas of Cyprus, which Turkey considers part of the Republic of Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone, to which it has been given access.