With typical Turkish logic in derivation from the International Law of the Sea, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusolgu claimed that islands located far away from Greece’s mainland cannot have continental shelf. “We see Kastelorizo from Turkey” he said in an effort to defend Ankara’s position on the matter, as if the other islands of the eastern Aegean Sea were invisible from Greece’s neighboring country.
“We say that not every island can have a continental shelf. In particular, the islands that are far from the mainland and closer to Turkey cannot have a continental shelf,” Cavusoglu said in an interview with CNN Turk TV.
Presenting several maps to strengthen Ankara’s claims in the Aegean and East Mediterranean Seas he said that the island of “Kastelorizo is located 2 kilometers away from the Turkish coast and 570 kilometers away from the Greek mainland. This cannot possibly generate a 40,000 square kilometer maritime zone.”
He claimed that “such islands have territorial waters but not continental shelf, as the Law of the Sea says.”
He added “we gave to these islands 6 nautical miles of territorial waters. Greece wanted to extend to 12 nautical miles in order to prove that also these islands belong to the mainland.”
He claimed further that this is the reason that Greece has not agreed with Egypt on an Exclusive Economic Zone and showed another map that extends the illegally occupied North of Cyprus to extend up to the islands of Rhodes and Crete.
“We were saying that this cannot be the case, but Greece had these dreams,” Cavusoglu said.
PS In this Turkish logic, the Canary islands could be an EEZ cause of dispute between Spain and Morocco and the Azores between Portugal and the Atlantic fish.