The announcement by the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis of the extension of the territorial waters from 6 to 12 miles in the region of the Ionian Sea triggered intense discussions and concern to the Albanian government but also to public opinion.
The discussion began with the statements of the Deputy Minister for Europe and Foreign Policy Gent Cakaj who, after emphasizing that it is a sovereign right of Greece to extend its territorial waters to 12 nautical miles, stressed that the Albanian government will be vigilant for any legislative process in the neighboring country, which may have an impact on the exercise of territorial sovereignty and sovereign rights in its maritime space.
In this context, Professor Ksenofon Krisafi considers it absurd and an indisputable irrationality for Albania to believe that Greece will expand the range of its territorial waters from the coast of Corfu to Saranda to 12 nautical miles.
In an interview with Dita, Krisafi stressed that the conflicts in the Aegean basin can only be sad for the Albanians, because they are two countries friendly to Albania, with which it is connected by a story of inevitable coexistence.
Commenting on rumors and statements from Greece about the “12-mile extension” of territorial waters in the Ionian Sea, Professor Ksenofon Krisafi said that this situation should not worry Albania.
“It is absurd and an indisputable absurdity to believe that Greece will expand the range of its territorial waters from the coast of Corfu to Saranda to 12 nautical miles. First, there is not enough space for this width. Secondly, under the aforementioned article of the Convention on the Law of the Sea, Albania has this right to the same degree. According to this logic of the “experts of everything”, this does not add up, because the Greeks will have to go several kilometers above the hills of Saranda, while the Albanians will cross somewhere in the center of the land of the island of Corfu”, he stressed.
“You ask me, should we be worried? No. We do not need to worry. Do not worry and do not be afraid! The images from the media may be really scary, but all peoples seeking peace and understanding strive for reason to dominate emotions”, Krisafi continued.
“The policy of both our friends will entail the wisdom for them to return to the negotiating table as soon as possible, to find solutions that are in the interest of both countries”, Ksenofon Krisafi concluded. /ibna