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Did Turkey accept the 12 miles?


Greek-Turkish sea territory issue was a long pain for both countries

Today, Turkish online newspaper had published an article based on their reporter Yorgo Kirbaki and the news from the Greek newspaper To Vima about the 12 miles issue between Turkey and Greece which is hanging in the air for many years.

According to the newspaper, Turkey has greed on 12 miles except for a large part of Thrace and the Aegean. Yorgo Kırbaki sums up the state of negotiations as follows. This text is translated to English by me and can be read in Turkish at :

1 – Turkey accepts to move the territorial waters from six miles, 12 miles except Thrace (around the Dardanelles).

2 – Eastern Aegean Greek territorial waters which has the border with turkey will be less than 12 miles but will be increased to 8-9 miles.

3 – Around 12 Islands territory Greek sea borders will kept at 6 miles.

4 – Greece which increased its air territory to 10 miles in 1931 with a royal family decision will update this borders based on the new sea territory described above.

5 – When the agreement is really done the issue will take it to the Court of Justice.

6 – Both parties will sign a ‘Political Policy Document’. In this document, Turkey will agree on not to update its borders based on vital interests in the Aegean and  Greece will agree not to open up the topic on sea territorial waters again.

The dispute points

1 – Location of the Greek island Kastelorizo/Meis is a problem. Turkey argues that this island is NOT in Aegean sea but in East Mediterranean Sea.  For Turkey Aegean Sea finishes a little after Rhodos island.

2 – The Exclusive Economic Zone. Turkey is scared that Greece will declared its Exclusive Economic Zone.

3 – There is no talks on other parts of the  Aegean Sea such as Kardak.


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