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This is one of the largest in scope and duration “research business” of Turkey in the region of Eastern Mediterranean, which include hydrocarbon exploration in parts of the Greek continental shelf continental shelf of Cyprus but also in large parts of the continental shelf boundary between Greece and Turkey, and Cyprus and Turkey.
The Turkey Maritime advertisement announced 12/07/2010 of navigators that “between 13 July – 20 August, the Turkish flag in the Piri Reis will conduct scientific research. During this operation, the vessel extends a cable length of 1,500 meters …Â».
not known but its intentions to Greece and Cyprus, which are coastal States, as required by international law.
As shown in schematic map, the Erdogan government is trying to put a stranglehold Kastelorizo and the area east of Rhodes and the whole western coast of Cyprus.
Thereby the way Ankara tries again support the practice illegal under international law, a position that the islands have continental shelf and therefore neither Kastelorizo. The reason is obvious. By Kastelorizo “nonexistent” to regulate the continental shelf between Turkey and Greece (and Egypt) spectacularity increases, and so to settle the Exclusive Economic Zone. Therefore, the anchor would pull the string still further and for reasons of “national and economic interest to put” under the “protection” Kastelorizo and not only.
According to the information available, the Piri Reis was in Cash (opposite Kastelorizo) and heading south in international waters, without touching part of Greek continental shelf.
The Greek government yesterday took the theme of “active” with the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Gr . Delavekoura stating that the government still calls on Ankara to refrain ‘from any research activity affecting Greek sovereign rights in the region “and also that” the actions of the Turkish side to us and thought inconsistent with the stated intention of both Prime Minister …Â».
The Papandreou government, however, shows clearly that there would likely increase tension, but instead prefers a, maybe behind the scenes to settle i ‘away at least for now Turkey from surveys of signs in Rhodes and Kastelorizo.
So on July 19th will be regular meeting between the two delegations exploratory contacts between Greece and Turkey. It is unknown what will be discussed at this meeting with Greece insists that addresses the issues of delimitation of the continental shelf.
In addition, the Deputy Foreign Minister, D. Droutsas expected to meet with Foreign Minister of Turkey A. Davutoglu in Almaty of Kazakhstan on the sidelines of the Ministerial Meeting of the OSCE.
In his question to the European Commission, MEP of SYRIZA, Nick Hood asks the Commission to take immediate action to remove the Turkish government decided to research for hydrocarbons in the shelf member states of the EU and to exert pressure on Turkey to adopt the Convention on the Law of the Sea, which is the acquis communautaire.
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