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Turkey threatens Greece with “casus belli” if it extends Aegean territorial waters

Just a few days before exploratory talks between Greece and Turkey resume, Ankara reiterated its “casus belli” threats. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu threatened on Friday that if Greece expands its territorial waters to 12 nautical miles in the Aegean Sea this will be “occasion for war”.

Speaking to Turkish journalists in Brussels on Friday, Cavusoglu said:

“On the issue of the Aegean, on the issue of the territorial waters of the Aegean, Turkey’s position has not changed. Nor has the decision taken by the Turkish Parliament changed. And every government and every party that has come to power kept the same decisive position and did not back down. Because this is a national issue.”

Cavusoglu who visited Brussels for talks with European Union officials added:

“But Greece, in order to say something to the people, says such things. My friend Nikos Dendias [ Greek FM] was wrong and made erroneous statements. This decision has no force, but Greece does not only do that. As I said to some Europeans, Greece continued its provocations, such as laying cables on the seabed and doing bilateral exercises. Suddenly Greece announces NAVTEX, NOTAM and tries to close sea areas in the Aegean. And they announce places, they do not do any activity. That is, they continue the provocations.”

During the debate in Greek Parliament on Wednesday to approve the extension of territorial waters in the Ionian Sea, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said that Greece reserves the right to extend the Greek territory South and East off the island of Crete.

According to a decision of the Turkish Parliament in late 1990’s any extension of territorial waters on the side of Greece in the Aegean Sea is “casus belli.”

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  1. Turkey are a bunch of criminals, they should go back to Mongolia.

  2. Directly from the NATO Treaty:

    Article 1

    The Parties undertake, as set forth in the Charter of the United Nations, to settle any international dispute in which they may be involved by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security and justice are not endangered, and to refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force in any manner inconsistent with the purposes of the United Nations.

    Why has NATO done nothing about Turkey’s continuous over 20 year breach of a treaty to which it is a signatory. A Casus Belli has no other interpretation than a threat of use of force, in this case against another NATO ally.