Turkey has rejected claims of Greece in connection with studies in the sea
The claims of Greece regarding Turkey has initiated seismic studies in the area of Kastelorizo island in the Mediterranean sea are unfounded, said the official representative of Turkish foreign Ministry Hami Aksoy.
The hydrographic service of Antalya on Tuesday released the international Navtex warning about the seismic research to the South and East of the island of kastellorizo from 21 July to 2 August. In Ankara it was announced that a research ship Oruc Reis will be in the area. There was also a 15 Turkish military vehicles. For this reason the Hellenic armed forces have been alerted across the country.
"The ship Vdvs Reis conducts research within our continental shelf, the boundaries of which our country has advised the UN, and our government gave the license to these works in 2012. Within this area our research vessel Barbaros hayreddin Pasa has worked in recent years", - said the representative of the foreign Ministry of Turkey.
He reminded that Greece objected to this activity and argued that the research area was situated on its continental shelf, arguing that the requirement of the presence of Mays island (kastellorizo), remote from its mainland. According to Aksoy, "maximalist demands of Greece on the continental shelf and are contrary to international case law and court decisions".
"The fact that the island area of 10 square kilometers, located in two kilometers from the territory of Turkey and 580 kilometers from the mainland of Greece, may form a sea zone with an area of 40,000 square kilometers, is irrational. For this reason, we reject these claims of Greece. We have repeatedly called on Greece to dialogue and will continue to protect their interests on the basis of international law," said Aksoy.
Kastelorizo island was at the center of disputes between Greece and Turkey on the delimitation of Maritime zones and the determination of the exclusive economic zone.