Turkey Disputes Greek Territorial Waters

AOZJust a couple of weeks after Prime Minister Antonis Samaras met his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara to try to settle differences over territorial waters and oil and gas exploration in the Aegean, the two countries are engaged in a feud over the issue.

Turkey has forwarded a note verbale to the United Nations in response to one that Greece sent on Feb. 20. According to the Greek Foreign Ministry, Turkey challenged the right of the Greek islands to a continental shelf and exclusive economic zone, which Greece said is in violation of Article 121 of the Convention on the Law of the Sea, which Turkey does not recognize.

Greece also sent a note to the UN notifying international officials of Turkey’s granting of exploration permits for areas deemed to cover the Greek continental shelf. At the time Turkey’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement defending its decision, it said that permits that had been issued since 2007 to the state-owned oil company TRAO that Turkey claimed were within its continental shelf boundaries.

In separate interviews published in Sunday’s Kathimerini on March 10, Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos and his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu said they were hopeful the two countries could resolve their differences in the Aegean Sea, though through different routes.

While Greece is using international law as a guideline for the development of an exclusive economic zone (EEZ), Turkey would like to see a bilateral agreement.


  • Cypriot

    Turkey can f*** off.

  • Diokafedesparakalo

    We should arm all 1.3 million illegal immigrants, point them to Turkey and tell them they can have all the land they can take. 

    In the end, we win either way. 

    These brilliant solutions brought to you by the kafenio . 

  • Hank

    Hey Turks, The law is the law.. Blah, blah, Turkey can cry all it wants.. If Turkey wants to play games, then Greece should do the same, Greece should ask Turkey to share its wealth with Greece, since Turkey’s territory was once part of Greece before the fall of Constantinople. Why not share the city of Constantinople or Smyrna. What about returning the Province of Pontus to the Greeks… Why not return Northern Cyprus to the Greeks.. All Turks do best is cause threats, they have no respect for human life… ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ!

  • Striker333

    Once the EU sees they can get their bailout money back from Greece through oil exploration. They’ll back us not Turkey. We own the Aegean. Our territorial waters expand further than Turkey’s. And Indeed they can F**k Off!!!

  • Salconstandinidis

    If there is war with Turkey it will be called the seven day war with Turkish occupation of 50 recent of Greece and Turkish absolute victory we will not have a chance Turkey has the second largest army in NATO.

  • Ellinas apo Ameriki

    Yes, they have a larger force, but I doubt very much Greece would be alone in such a conflict. It is very likely Israel, having common interests in oil and gas exploration would fight alongside Greek forces. Also, we have mutual defense pacts with several other nations, some of which are kept secretive. The Turks would also have the Kurds to worry about, and all in all, a war with Greece would likely result in one with multiple fronts…think Greece, Cyprus, Israel, Kurdistan…and probably other nations like Russia would also intervene. So I think this idea of a 7-days war is pretty unreasonable. The objective here is not war, but rather, the enforcement of international law. Of course, as a non-signatory party, Turkey is not bound by the Law of the Sea, BUT, if the signatories to the treaty all take Greece’s side, then Turkey can bark all it wants…that’ll only last for so long. 

  • Jimmychoo

    Bailout money? Lol. You barebackers are getting raped by the EU and you don’t even see it. One by one your public assets are going to go to the EU because you gypsies don’t even have enough money to feed your motherless kids. Don’t forget how Turkey raped greece for hundreds of years. You grandmothers got rammed by Turkish soldiers and you don’t even know it. Stop kidding yourself, Greece is nothing to the EU, expendable waste…

  • Yes, arm the 1.3 mln illegal immigrants who are thankful to Türkiye coz they helped them to go to South Macedonia and Morea. 

    The immigrants will get 10% of the land, as a reward. It will not take 7 days, we have updated all plans, the pkk in Europe is also informed. They will also get 10%, like the Macedonians and Albanians… 

  • Osman

    We would not bother. Focus on saving your country than worrying about a friendly neighbour.

  • Tzak12345678

    More reason to unite and build our economy.. The Turks have seized on an oppurtunity of weakness and are trying to maximise it.

    We need to eliminate our cutlure of entitlement and embrace our capilistic DNA

  • Adde

    If you were Greek, Salim you would know that 300 Greeks from Sparta stopped a lots of Persian invaders in the Antiquity so what counts so if the numbers of soldiers count, the quality of the soldiers and their arms count too.
    And more recently, you would also remember that our grandfathers successfully defeated the Italian fashists in WWII and were a decisive factor in changing the result of the WWII war.
    Turks on the other hands are in a very difficult situation know. They have an identity crisis because of AKP islamic clowns (like the Georgian Erdogan and the Arab Gül) and Southern East Anatolia is under Kurdish control, plus if Assad win the war against the Nato islamic rebels, Turkey is really bad because Syrian leaders will want revenge against Turkey because they let the islamist freely cross over Turkish borders through Syria.

    It’s a good situation for us.
    And as I already told you, the more you talk like that, the more you make the peoples that you are targetting combatives and hateful towards you and your kind.

    Also F*c-k islam and your false (but true pe-d-ophile) prophet.

  • Adde

    Lol, that’s funny considering that the real Turks were persecuted under the Ottoman Empire.
    Also don’t forget that a Crypto-Christian Greek woman named Anastasia (Kösem Sultan), the daughter of a Greek Priest ruled ALONE the Ottoman Empire 😉
    What is funny is that during the period when she ruled alone, Mecca and Medina were parts of the Ottoman Empire so in fact we Greeks should thanks the Ottomans because they allowed us to rule over the most sacred Islamic places.
    But not only that, even before of the fall of Constantinople, some Ottoman Commanders were 100% Greeks like Gazi Evrenos.
    Also if most of us Greeks are Greeks, most Turkish citizens are converts, children stolen by the Ottomans, children born from the harems, ect … and a minority is from mongol origin.
    For example, AKP MP and former football star player Hakan Sükür : I’m not Turk but Albanian. Also Erdogan is from Georgia and Gül is an Arab.
    Turk is only a citizenship, not an ethnicity.
    Same for FYROM, 1/3 of their populations is albanian and they will soon being destroyed by theses Albanians 🙂

  • Savas

    Just to correct you my diasporic fascist!

    The Epirotes and Pindos Makedones, who were socialists, defeated Mussolini’s onslaught while your fascist Metaxas, and Mussolini’s former bed buddy, haggled trying to rally the Athenian fascists!

    As for our neighbours Turkey, you fail to see that the negotiations need foresight, cultural understanding, and compromise. Erdogans government has shown a lot of pro-Greek will, meaning that disputes can be favourably debated leading to a fair outcome for both our peoples.

    To me it seems that the real enemy is not Turkey, but the many goldendawn fascist minded peoples who drive a wedge in every issue here to create a pseudo-Greek white supremacist state full of immigrant hating red necks!

    Our Turkish neighbours deserve better, as do our Greek people!

  • Savas

    At least someone with common sense!

  • Savas

    You must be dreaming right!
    As if Israel or anyone else would step in!
    No international law is binding so really it would only lead to a stalemate!
    Perhaps finding a few statesmen among us with just a little foresight could be a good remedy in settling our dispute!
    And that is pretty rich coming from

  • Savas

    You skopjians have nothing better to do but whine about others issues!
    Have a good look in your backyard!
    You still have 39% unemployment and that is in a stable economy with what, according to your incredibly amusing economist (who knows which corn flakes box he got that diploma out of, he obviously got jipped) leader Gruevski saying, with prosperous financial growth.
    Now maybe I’m wrong, but isn’t financial growth translatable and measured by job growth! Maybe you should let the hard working Albanians to also run the skopjian leadership!
    So please skopjian, first settle who you want to be today, e.g. a Bulgarian, a Yugislav, or an ancient Greek-look-alike, then get back to us!

  • Ellinas apo Ameriki

    Sava, take a look at this article: http://www.virtualjerusalem.com/news.php?Itemid=4776
    Now, in the U.S. Congress, a new caucus has been created called the greek-israeli caucus, with a focus on advancing regional and socio-political interests of both nations.
    Israel, like Russia, have significant interests in the Aegean, if not for friendship with Greece, for the expansive natural resources worth potentially hundreds of billions of dollars.
    This dispute has already been in stalemate for years and years, and has culminated only in dogfights over our islands, and “grey zones” such as Imia. I think you have your head in the sand if you believe Turkey has Greek interests at heart, and has a “pro-Greek” stance.
    Therefore, given the lack of results for so long, I think the better solution is an appeal to the international community. At least once we have their backing, if our politicians decide to go the way of a bilateral agreement with Turkey, then they will have more bargaining power.

  • Adde

    Erdogan has a big problem with the Kurds and if the Nato rebels fail to remove Bachar, Turkey will have a problem with Syria, so sure he want to avoid an open conflict with Greece for the moment, nobody denies that.
    But on the other hands, and for the sake of his country’s interest, he tries to destibilize Greece by letting smugglers push muslims civilians through the borders and wants a mosque (a turkish barrack) in Athens. Then the Turks will do like they do in Thrace … but here it will be in the capital.
    And theses are hostile acts against Greece.

    Don’t forget that the Turkish governement wants to be member of the EU so most positive acts by Erdogan have only be done by Turkey under pressure of the EU who pushes for reforms in Turkey.

    Also I remember you that each months, The Turkish military violate the Greek aerial space and that there are dogfights on top of the Aegean Sea, so only a naïve idiot (or a traitor ?) like you would say that the Erdogans governement is friendly.

    What will be your excuse for that ? That Erdogan has Turkish prime minister doesn’t control his own army even after he sent many high officials in jail ?

    As for Metaxas, he refused to let the italians enter Greece while the KKE communists didn’t wanted to fight (because of the alliance, you know, the alliance between you idol Stalin and Adolph Jacob Hitler).
    Don’t ever forget that you RED multicultural nazi.

  • Savas

    As a diasporic fascist you ring the same red neck bell!
    Its not in Turkish interests to destabilise Greece you fascist imbecile!
    And Metaxas is well know to have given the best fellatio to his bed buddies Hitler and Mussolini.
    So please before you let the crap flow out of your fascist mouth remember how we in the north without the fascist Metaxas defeated metaxas lover Mussolini and no-one alse!

  • Savas

    Israel is as reliable as a the skopjians!
    The USA is even worse as they sold us out to the skopjians and no-one there is able to reverse that!
    So i’d rather let a negotiations between good farsighted statesman from both Turkey and Greece settle the disputes rather than foreign interest based assertions!

  • Adde

    As an anarchofashist you ring the same utopian red bell!
    It’s in Turkish interest to destabilize Greece you anarchofashist imbecile!
    Each years, the Turks even put fires on our forests and one of their high officials recognized it. And nearly EVERY Fu***** day the Turkish military violate our air space which prompts our own pilots to react.

    As for letting the illegals pass to Greece, this is their old plan and many Turks don’t even hesitate to say it loud, you brainless mor*n.

    And remember, red idiot Savas :
    “There is no need for us to go to war with Greece, all we have to do is send them a few million people from our part of the world and get rid of them for good.” Turgut Ozal, ex-Prime Minister.

    An Metaxas is a National Hero recognized by everybody, excepting red far-leftists (and communists) utopion traitors like yourself who were allied with Nazi Germany (because of the alliance between Stalin and A.Jacob Hitler).

    Enough whit your crap, you red idiot.

  • John Wayne Was A Nazi

    The United Nations are squatters on the Indian island of Manhattan.

  • jimmychoDADY

    oh you sad sad little boy jimmychoo i have some thing i need to tell you I AM YOU FATHER. your mother and i didn’t wont you to find out like this i am very sorry