x

Politics

Greece Plans Italian, Egyptian Counter to Turkey’s Libya Seas Deal

February 22, 2020

ATHENS – Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said Greece won’t submit to the United Nations a map outlining sovereign waters after Turkey did, seeking de facto approval of a maritime deal with Libya, but will work with prospective energy partners instead.

“A delimitation cannot be accomplished unilaterally with a declaration, but only with agreements between states, which is why we are in negotiations with both the Italian and the Egyptian sides,” the Greek foreign minister told a journalists’ conference on energy security in the East Mediterranean, said Kathimerini.

He said a country can not make unilateral declarations although Greece has designated its Continental Shelf and sea boundaries, which are disputed by Turkey whose President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to begin oil and gas drilling off Crete as his country is already doing in Cypriot waters.

Dendias responded to a question regarding what Greece intends to do to counter Turkey’s submission to the UN of the coordinates outlined in its maritime borders agreement with a Libyan government the UN recognizes while Greek is working with rivals there who control the Parliament.

Greece has stepped up plans for energy exploration in the Aegean and East Mediterranean and working with Egypt and Libya as well as Israel, moving to fend off challenges from Turkey over some waters.

Earlier in February, Greece’s complaint the deal Turkey made with Libya, dividing the seas between them and claiming waters off Greek islands, was dealt a blow when the United Nations’ Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea was set to post maps outlining the coordinates.

That will be done even though Turkey doesn’t recognize the UN’s Law of the Sea nor parts of Greece’s Continental Shelf while hiking provocations in the Aegean as well as the East Mediterranean where it is unlawfully drilling for oil and gas in Cypriot waters.

The posting of the map, said Kathimerini, means the UN will de facto give Turkey the recognition it has been seeking although Greece was joined by the European Union in claiming the deal violates international law.

Erdogan, emboldened by the EU having only a tepid response to drilling off Cyprus and fearing he will unleash millions more refugees and migrants on the bloc through Greek islands has become more aggressive.

Turkey said the posting of the maps by the UN will essentially make the memorandum official and will pave the way to begin exploratory drilling activities for natural resources off the island of Crete, which Turkey claims is its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) – which it doesn’t recognize for Cyprus.

The Greek islands of Kasos, Karpathos, Kastellorizo and Rhodes aren’t on the map put up by Turkey and Libya, invisible, which the UN will agree with by recognizing the maritime deal.

RELATED

ATHENS - Greece should follow Spain, Ireland and Norway in accepting a Palestinian state and not back Israel in its hunt for Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip, which caused thousands of civilian deaths, major opposition SYRIZA leader Stefanos Kasselakis said.

Top Stories

Columnists

A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

Video

‘We Have Nothing.’ As Israel Attacks Rafah, Palestinians are Living in Tents and Searching for Food

DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — The tent camps stretch for more than 16 kilometers (10 miles) along Gaza’s coast, filling the beach and sprawling into empty lots, fields and town streets.

Crete is renowned for its stunning beaches, ancient ruins, and vibrant culture.

How can a small village in the Greek region of Laconia make four days in July the highlight of your summer? Head to Vamvakou to find out! The Vamvakou Experience Festival, free for everyone, invites people of all ages to visit the village from July 4-7 and experience the revival underway there with the support from SNF.

ATHENS – The first day of the 4th International Conference on Religious Freedom presented by the Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate concluded the evening of May 27 with a Welcome Dinner at the Acropolis Museum hosted by Archon Athanasios and Marina Martinos.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mike Tyson was recovering Monday after falling ill a day earlier during a flight from Miami to Los Angeles, his representatives said.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. [email protected]

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.