President Pavlopoulos Supports Extension of Greek Territorial Waters

The President of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopios Pavlopoulos, in a statement issued on Monday to multiple recipients, including Turkey, stated that Greece has the inalienable right to extend its territorial waters whenever it deems it appropriate, and in the institutional manner it deems appropriate. He added that the basis of friendship and good neighborly relations, as well as of a country’s European perspective, was the full and faithful compliance with the entire body of international and European law.

Pavlopoulos made the statement during his proclamation as an honorary citizen of the municipality of Vari-Voula-Vouliagmeni.

Addressing the nation of Turkey, Pavlopoulos said that for Greece and the European Union, in accordance with international law, there are no questions or grey areas regarding the borders of Greece — including maritime territorial limits — with any neighboring countries, consequently, with Turkey.

He also referred to European law, pointing out that it offers adequate protection for the borders and the territory of Greece, as well as the additional European legislation for the “NATURA 2000 Network”, which concerns the precise definition of protected ecosystems within the European Union.

On the Cyprus issue, he stressed that it is an international and, above all, a European issue, adding that “we are seeking, as soon as possible, a just and viable solution.”

Concerning the issue of the name of FYROM, he reiterated that Greece seeks “friendly, good-neighborly relations and said that ‘’we have proved that we are in favor of its NATO and EU prospects.” However, he pointed out, ”this was attached to an important prerequisite: solving the name issue in accordance with history and international law”.

With information from A.M.N.A.