Dendias in Serbia: 'Turkey making unfounded assertions...we are determined to defend our interests'
"Turkey disputes Greek sovereignty of the islands of the Aegean presenting unfounded assertions. We fully reject these assertions and we are determined to defend our interests. Our interests are based on international law, the law of the sea, our interests are based on the UN Charter," Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said on Friday, in a press conference after his meeting with Serb Foreign Minister Nikola Selaković .
The Serb minister also referred to this issue, saying that Serbia will be "absolutely consistent in supporting the territorial integrity of Greece on land and at sea, based on international law, including the law of the sea."
During their meeting, the ministers noted the need to accelerate the processes for the European integration of the Western Balkan countries, with Dendias stressing Athens' support for their European prospects, which will enhanced stability and security in the Balkans.
Dendias made the following statement about Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina:
"I reiterated our position on Kosovo. And the need to see progress there, as you said, in order to arrive to a comprehensive, legally binding agreement in accordance with international law and the EU acquis. We also talked about the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where I was just a few days ago. I want to repeat here today what I said in Sarajevo. That border changes is not the way forward. We should try to help, we should overcome differences and work together to bring peace in the common future of ours. We should also, last but not least, try to build regional stability and prosperity, in order to enhance bilateral and regional cooperation."
The two ministers also discussed energy diversification issues, with Selakovic noting that Serbia hopes for the supply of natural gas from Alexandroupolis and pipelines traversing Greece.