Pushing Greece Into An Adventure - ADEM AKÖL

Pushing Greece Into An Adventure - ADEM AKÖL

08.03.2021 16:09 | Güncelleme Tarihi: 08.03.2021 16:09

Everybody knows that the main 2 conflicts between Turkey and Greece are the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean.

And everybody knows that; the islands Greece captured as a result of Lausanne and Paris peace treaties have been a headache to Turkey in years. The islands Limnos, Chios, Samos and İkaria as of the Lausanne Treaty in 1923 and more than 20 small islands known as Dodecanese left to Greece as of  the Paris Treaty in 1947, did not satisfy them.

Since 1821, the year of its establishment; Greece has caught the opportunity to enlarge its area for five times, in spite of its defeat in the wars by getting those areas only from Turkey… And now they plan to do it for the sixth time as accustomed from the previous years, ignoring the present power of Turkey.

Greece has forced the conditions always to get more benefits from Turkey… They turned the islands especially close to Turkey into gun depots despite the 13th clause of the Lausanne and 14th clause of the Paris treaties. According to those clauses only a limited police force is allowed for maintaining the security.

At the beginning of this year Greece declared to increase its territorial waters in the Ionian Sea to 12 nautical miles from 6 miles… This was a kind of preparation for extending its territorial waters to 12 miles also in the Aegean Sea. The territorial waters of Greece in the Aegean Sea was 3 miles at the beginning of the last century, then the Greek Parliament takes a decision in 1936 to increase it to 6 miles. This did not create a problem those years because of the good relation between Turkey and Greece.

The delimitation of Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) in the Mediterranean Sea is also a big problem between Turkey and Greece. Even Turkey has the longest sea coast in the Mediterranean; Greece claims such a large EEZ that will imprison Turkey into its southern bays.

In fact, Greece should not have any words to say about Eastern Mediterranean; because, according to the United Nation’s EEZ rules, the sea border of Greece must have ended on the line of Crete and Rhodes. However they demand an EEZ in the Eastern Mediterranean as large as one and a half million square kilometers, which is 12 times of its land area. On the other hand Turkey’s demand is only 462 thousand which is a little bit more than half of its land area.

In order to solve the conflicts between the two countries, Exploratory Talks started in 2002 within the framework of the Helsinki decisions for Turkey’s EU membership process. After 60 meetings until 2016, Exploratory Talks were interrupted for a long time due to the unfair demands of Greece.

The 61st round carried out on 25 January in Istanbul due to Turkey’s constructive attitude and President Erdogan’s positive approach. Erdogan says that it is possible to solve all the problems between Turkey and Greece including the Aegean. During the 61st round an assessment of the 60th round carried out and decided the 62nd tour to be held in Athens on an undisclosed date.

Exploratory Talks is to technically investigate the occurrence, source, current situation and solution of the problems between the two countries and to bring the necessary data to a form that will serve as the basis for a possible agreement. However, the talks that have been going on for 61 rounds have not gone beyond ‘beating water in a mortar.’

The reason of this is just the uncompromising attitude of Greece. Nothing can be done after Greece Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said “if Turkey wants to improve relations with the EU and the US, he has to get along with us by giving up the Aegean.” 

The representative countries of the ‘global finance system’ are dragging Greece into a devastate adventure by promoting him to strengthen its armed forces, so frightening Turkey to dissuade from its rights in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean, disregarding Turkey’s present huge power.