Today, Greece and Egypt proceeded with the partial demarcation of the Exclusive Economic Zone, after the express visit of Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias to Cairo on Thursday.
The agreement for the demarcation of Greece and Egypt, signed by the Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias, concerns the eastern part of Crete and the 26th Meridian, and what used to be the 27th Meridian, which includes half of the island of Rhodes.
Without any details of the Agreement having been disclosed yet, according to unconfirmed sources, the drafting was implemented with 56% for Egypt and 44% for Greece. Any change requires the agreement of both parties, while Egypt demanded that reference be made to a possible agreement with a third party.
Both Nikos Dendias, who signed the Demarcation Agreement, and the Greek Prime Minister described it as a historic agreement, which puts an end to the illegal memorandum of understanding between Turkey and Libya.
In his message, Kyriakos Mitsotakis notes that “today, my friend Egypt and I signed an agreement for the demarcation of our Maritime Zones.
It took 15 years of negotiations to reach an agreement in accordance with International Law, which recognizes all the rights of our islands in their Maritime Zones.
An agreement that is completely legal and which fully satisfies both countries. An agreement that creates a new reality in the Eastern Mediterranean and restores legitimacy in the region, which the illegal and non-existent Turkish-Libyan memorandum attempted to undermine.
With Egypt, as we did a few months ago with Italy, we have shown that adherence to international law is the only way to ensure security, peace, stability and good neighborly relations. We will walk this path with all our neighbors. We hope and expect that they will do the same”.
For its part, SYRIZA, according to information, states that it has long stressed that Greece must face the conclusion of the illegal Turkey-Sarraj memorandum as part of a comprehensive national strategy and not by concluding an Agreement with Egypt that engenders dangerous precedents for our national positions. Especially since Greece has at its disposal the possibility of extending the territorial waters south and east of Crete and claiming strong European sanctions against the violation of the Greek continental shelf.
Instead, according to information leaked by the Government, with the Agreement signed, the Government rushed to accept a reduced influence for Crete – the largest island in the Aegean, while accepting the partial demarcation of the EEZ of Rhodes.
Had Mr. Mitsotakis accepted our proposal to convene a Council of Political Leaders, in order to formulate a comprehensive national strategy, the results of the negotiation would have been much better. We are awaiting an update immediately for the further evaluation of the agreement, SYRIZA sources emphasize.
“The agreement is non-existent for us. We will prove it both on the front and on the table. It is located within our continental shelf. We will not allow any activity in this area”, Ankara states in its first reaction, through an announcement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
At the same time, the Turkish Foreign Ministry states that “There is no maritime border between Greece and Egypt. For Turkey, the so-called agreement on the demarcation of maritime responsibility areas, which was announced to have been signed today, is non-existent. Let our point of view be known both on the front and on the table.
The so-called area of responsibility is located within a Turkish continental shelf declared to the United Nations”.
The announcement goes on to note that “Egypt, which expelled an area of 11,500 square kilometers with the agreement she signed with the Greek-Cypriot Administration in 2003, now, with the so-called agreement she signed with Greece, loses maritime areas of responsibility. The agreement also seeks to usurp Libya’s rights”.
“Turkey will not allow any activity in this area, and there is no doubt that it will resolutely support its legitimate interests and rights in the eastern Mediterranean, as well as those of the Turkish-Cypriots.”
The representative of the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the announcement of the Turkish Foreign Minister was quick to respond.
“As for the statement issued by the Turkish Foreign Ministry on the agreement signed today on the establishment of the Exclusive Economic Zone between Egypt and Greece, it is surprising that such statements and allegations were made by a party that is not aware of the agreement and its details”. /ibna