The Ottoman wrote:Only third states and weapon sellers are benefitting from these tenions, like France and US.
Both parties should talk and solve this diplomaticly and give up their maximalist claims.
Main problem is
- that Turkey has the longest coast in the East Med, but get the most minimum share of the sea.
- Greece claims 40.000 km'2 EEZ for a tiny island (Meis/Kastellorizo) with a square of 12km'2.
- The distance of this island to Greece is 580 km. And to Turkey only 2km. Greece is claiming the whole distance in the sea (580 km long) between their mainland and this island as theirs.
- Because of this a Turkish cruise ship could not travel between Antalya and Marmara without Greek naval police.
- Its like the UK claiming the whole Atlantic Ocean because of the Falklands or USA claiming the whole Pacific because of Hawai.
- The Turkish-Greek conflict is similar to the French-Brittish conflict years ago. The UK claimed the whole Channel because of some tiny Channel Island. France rejected this and brought the case to the International Court. The Court decided that the Channel Islands should not have a EEZ. France won this case.
Talking solves everything.
Agree. Maritime crisis between Turkey and Greece as well as between Turkey and Cyprus should be solved by negotiations between Turkey and Greece and Turkey and Cyprus with open cards and fair negotiations. EEZ is not the same as territorial waters. They are still international waters, where the state control the mariteine and air space traffic and protect natural resources. EEZ is limited to 200 miles and is toward open sea.
Kastellorizo is suvereign territory of Greece, which also have its suvereign territorial waters around it. EEZ is also around suvereign islands, this play for states like Philipines, Indonesia, Malesia,etc, which suvereign territory represent group of islands. Turkey as well have the right for open exit to international waters. So it is for Turkey and Greece to negotiate their rights in the sea between the main group of Greek islands and Kastellorizo.
I hope war drums will soon calm down and a meeting between FMs Dendias and Cavusoglu coult start negotiations.