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Turkey’s FM warns Greece over territorial waters extension in the Aegean

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Wednesday warned Greece against extending its territorial waters in the Aegean Sea. Ankara “will not accept a fait accompli that has kept Turkey trapped in its coastline,” he stressed.

“We will not allow [Greece] to extend its territorial waters in the Aegean by a single mile more than 6 miles,” he added.

The Turkish Parliament passed a legislation in the mid-90’s according to which Ankara will consider as casus belli (cause of war) if Athens extends its territorial waters in the Aegean Sea. The law has not be modified or cancelled ever since, even during the rosy times in the Greek Turkish relations.

Last month. Athens hinted it was considering to extend its territorial waters south of Crete from 6 to 12 nautical miles.

Cavusoglu accused Greece of being “dishonest” and “insincere” over its differences with Turkey in the Aegean and the eastern Mediterranean, adding that Athens is “standing in the way of justice.”

He also referred to ostensible Greek plans to attack Turkey, adding that “Athens has lost its senses.”

“The Greeks know what it means to face Turkey. We want dialogue, but Greece needs to be sincere,” he said.

Cavusoglu claimed that Athens has been targeting Ankara with “fake news,” adding that “[Greek] propaganda has fallen flat.”

 

[with kathimerini info]

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