Turkey Says Cyprus, Greece Have No Rights to the Seas

Cyprus' president Nicos Anastasiades. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

NICOSIA – With it ships drilling for oil and gas off Cyprus, Turkey said the island’s legitimate government has no right to declare an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) where foreign companies were also licensed to hunt for energy.

Nor to Greek islands, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said after Turkey said it owns much of the Aegean and East Mediterraenean, including around Rhodes and as far as Crete, setting off anger from Greece.

Turkey’s Anadolu News Agency, citing sources it didn’t name, said the Foreign Ministry – using international laws of the seas that Turkey doesn’t recognize when not in its favor – disputed Cypriot and Greek claims to have an EEZ and the continental shelf.

Comparing islands with other countries’ mainland may give them less continental shelf/ EEZ, Turkey said, arguing that factors such as the size, the length of the facade and the location of the islands and how far away from the mainland they are located must be taken into account.

That was used as the basis for Turkey to sign a pact with Libya, setting new maritime borders with the two countries claiming huge swathes of the seas between them, cutting out Greece and Turkey almost completely.


  1. For centuries, disgusting turks have been violating Greeks. It seems to be their life’s mission to shit on everything and anything Greek. If turks don’t like you, you are branded a “terrorist”, get put through genocide and ethnic cleansing, with a whole lot of denial from the evil poultry. Anatolia is Greek. turks stole it. Rhodes and Crete are Greek. turks stole them and can’t stand it Greeks have them back. Cyprus is Greek. turks stole it, British took over and the feathered turkey’s did everything they could to stop Greeks getting their island back. A third of the Greek island if Cyprus is yet to be freed from turkish occupation. They want the land, waters, airspace and resources. Thieves.

  2. turks don’t have any rights to oxygen.

    The Greek seas belong to the Greek people you filthy pure evil parasites.

    Due to all the donkey, goat and mouflon rapes committed by turks, they seem to have the DNA of farm animals that make logic, decisions and common sense very difficult for the poultry to process.

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