ATHENS – Former foreign minister and New Democracy lawmaker Dora Bakoyanni said that the International Court of Justice in The Hague could rule on who owns the Continental Shelf between Greece and Turkey.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made an agreement with Libya to divide the seas between them, claiming Greek waters, including off the major islands of Rhodes and also Crete where he said drilling for energy would begin.
The sister of Prime Minister and New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, she told an audience at the Circle of Ideas for National Reconstruction, a think-tank founded by former deputy prime minister Evangelos Venizelos, that Greece must delineate its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) with Italy, Albania and Egypt.
“We can stick with the status quo; this was the policy foundation at the foreign ministry all these years. I do not believe in this,” she said, adding that the European Union should form a “special partnership with Turkey based on the condition that The Hague take part.
She supported the government’s policy of seeking to diplomatically isolate Turkey following the signing of the contentious maritime boundaries pact with Libya, sid Kathimerini in a report on her appearance.
Speaking of Erdogan, Bakoyanni said “his character has changed in recent years,” especially after the failed 2016 coup attempt against him that saw a purging of the military, courts, civil society and the media.
“He is a man who means what he says,” she said as he ominously has stepped up provocations and threats over the Aegean and East Mediterranean and warning to flood the EU with millions more refugees and migrants through Greek islands.
Bakoyannis also sided in favor of extending the duration of military service in Greece, currently 9-12 months, although a number of celebrities and people with political connections have been able to escape serving their country.