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Greek Foreign Ministry submits demarche to Ankara over new survey in the Aegean Sea

Greece’s Foreign Ministry submitted a demarche to the Turkish Foreign Ministry over a new issued Navtex for research between Greek islands in the Aegean Sea. The survey is to take place before the two sides proceed with 62. round of “exploratory talks”

with Turkey’s Foreign Ministry through its embassy in Ankara in protest at the announced plans for an upcoming Turkish hydrographic survey between the Greek islands of Limnos, Skyros and Alonnisos from Thursday to March 2.

Foreign ministry spokesperson Alexandros Papaioannou said during a press briefing on Thursday, that the demarche has already been presented by the Greek Embassy in Ankara, and will be followed by a written note verbale.

He pointed out that “the Navtex is unlawful as the Izmir station does not have jurisdiction to issue a Navtex for this area,” and he characterized the Turkish move as “needless”.

The Turkish navigational directive (navtex) concerns international waters and research survey by the vessel Cesme between the Greek islands of Limnos, Skyros and Alonnisos. The survey is scheduled to start today Thursday and last until March 2, 2021.

Officials in Ankara said recently that the surveys by the Cesme vessel will be restricted to the sea surface, as the vessel will not lay its cables on the seabed.

The Cesme carried out hydrographic surveys in the same area in 2018 under the close monitoring of Hellenic Navy ships.

The survey is to take place as the two side plan to assume “exploratory talks” in the first week of March.

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  1. Just sink their vessels, that ought to teach them not to trespass.