Pope prays for resolution to Mediterranean instability

Pope Francis has prayed for dialogue and a resolution to the conflicts threatening peace on the Mediterranean.

During his Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis prayed for the “instability” in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. “I follow with concern the tensions in the eastern Mediterranean”, he said. The Pope did not mention the countries involved, according to Vatican News.

“I appeal for constructive dialogue and respect for international law in order to resolve the conflicts that threaten the peace of the peoples of that region”, he added.

Tensions have grown in the last few weeks in the eastern Mediterranean between Greece and Turkey.

This long-running dispute between Greece and Turkey, which are both NATO members, shows no sign of abating.

Tensions have heated up as Turkish crews search for gas in the waters off Greek islands in the eastern Mediterranean. The Turkish research vessel “Oruc Reis” is probing for deposits south of the Turkish coast in waters which Athens claims jurisdiction.