Greece plans to extend its territorial waters to the south and west of Crete up to 12 nautical miles, according to journalist Christina Korai who made the revelation to Nikos Evaggelato during her Live News program on MEGA TV.
Greece and Egypt have currently agreed on a partial EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone). “Egypt currently has a problem regarding eastern Crete,” Korai noted.
Government sources stress that “things with Turkey are not simple at all”, with Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias saying Greece will use all available means.
When asked if Greece’s allies would be informed of the 12-mile extension, Korai said the government’s response was that there was no need to inform anyone as it was is a unilateral action to which Greece is entitled, and once the presidential decrees are prepared, they will be submitted directly. at the United Nations.
The news comes more than a year after Greece extended its territorial waters to 12 nautical miles in the Ionian Sea.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has asserted that the extension of Greek territorial waters to 12 nautical miles is an inalienable right, as confirmed by the United Nations Charter on the Law of the Sea.
Turkey is one of the few countries that has not signed and/or ratified UNCLOS. The majority of non-signatories are landlocked countries.
Turkey has declared that the unilateral expansion of Greece’s territorial waters 12 miles into the Aegean Sea would be a cause of war (casus belli) and considers this decision an attack on its sovereignty.