Today’s announcement by Turkey of renewed drilling activities by the Yavuz vessel in a maritime zone which has been delineated by Cyprus and Egypt regrettably fuels further tensions and insecurity in the Eastern Mediterranean.
This action runs counter and undermines efforts to resume dialogue and negotiations, and to pursue immediate de-escalation, which is the only path towards stability and lasting solutions, as reiterated by EU Foreign Ministers last Friday.
Even though scarce potable water has often fueled conflict between communities in the Middle East, resource management can instead offer common ground on which to build peace, according to Dalit Wolf Golan with EcoPeace Middle East.
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