Turkish Foreign Policy on Maritime Boundary & Energy issues in the Eastern Mediterranean

Ambassador Erciyes Presentation



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Turkish Foreign Policy on Maritime Boundary & Energy issues in the Eastern Mediterranean

19 Feb 20

On Tuesday, February 18, 2020 the Turkish Heritage Organization hosted H.E. Ambassador Cagatay Erciyes, Director General for Bilateral Political and Maritime-Aviation-Border Affairs (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Turkey) for a conversation on Maritime and Energy issues in the Eastern Mediterranean at the National Press Club.



On Tuesday, February 18, 2020 the Turkish Heritage Organization hosted H.E. Ambassador Cagatay Erciyes, Director General for Bilateral Political and Maritime-Aviation-Border Affairs (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Turkey) for a conversation on Maritime and Energy issues in the Eastern Mediterranean at the National Press Club. The conversation was moderated by Glen Howard of the Jamestown Foundation. The event began with introductory remarks from our moderator Glen Howard, President of the Jamestown Foundation on aspects of the Eastern Mediterranean. H.E. Ambassador Erciyes then began his presentation of the geopolitical aspects of the Eastern Mediterranean and an overview of Turkish policy regarding these maritime issues. 



Throughout his presentation Ambassador Erciyes mentioned the influence of the discovery of natural gas on maritime boundaries and limitations in the region. Ambassador Erciyes mentions that “there has been a sustained trend in international jurisprudence towards awarding islands a reduced or no effect in maritime boundary delimitation.” Throughout, Ambassador Erciyes also discussed the importance of bringing together both sides to discuss the overarching Cyprus issue when discussing maritime issues like this to be able to relaunch maritime boundary delimitation talks in the region. He goes on to suggest that when dealing with these very difficult and at times controversial conversations, “perhaps our American friends can help establish a more inclusive agreement for the region.” 

Ambassador Erciyes stressed the importance of reopening avenues of dialogue and a recentering on the critical nature of the developments in the Eastern Mediterranean. Our panel closed with an extensive interactive session of questions from our audience members moderated by Glen Howard.