Athens, Greece (AP) —Greece announced on Monday that it plans to expand its territorial waters from 6 nautical miles to 12 nautical miles along the west coastline.
Government spokesman Christos Tarantiris said Monday that Congress would begin discussing a bill for an extension this week.
Greece’s west coast faces Italy and borders Albania, but this extension emphasizes the country’s right to implement the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which set a 12-mile limit in 1982. I am aiming for it.
“This is a historic decision. Greece has expanded its territorial waters to 12 nautical miles in the region, the first time since 1947,” said Tarantiris.
“The Republic of Greece reserves the right to exercise its respective rights in other parts of its territory.”
NATO member countries Greece and Turkey are at odds over the sea boundary and mining rights between the Aegean Sea and the eastern Mediterranean. The conflict caused a tense conflict last year when a Turkish research vessel was used to investigate the waters that Greece claimed jurisdiction.
Turkey states that expanding Greek territorial waters to the east is considered an act of war, claiming that the Greek islands effectively block access to the Aegean Sea.
Talks between the two countries to resolve the dispute broke down four years ago. Under pressure from Western allies, both sides say they are ready to resume the dialogue.
Separately on Monday, the government said it plans to urgently enact legislation for parliamentary approval of a program to acquire 18 French-made Rafale fighters.
Tarantiris said discussions on the program began this week in Congress and aircraft deliveries are expected to begin in the summer. Greece’s annual defense spending will increase by more than one-third from last year in 2021 as it tries to keep pace with Turkey following long-standing cuts during the major financial crisis. It is 100 million euros (6.6 billion dollars). Follow Derek Gatopoulos on ___https: //twitter.com/dgatopoulos
Expanding west coast waters with an eye on Turkey and Greece
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