Turkey’s Foreign Ministry responded to the Greek Foreign Ministry’s announcement with a statement by Turkish FΜ spokesman Hami Aksoy.
“The said statement of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece is unfortunate and misleading” Hami Aksoy notes.
“At the core of the Eastern Mediterranean issue lies the maximalist maritime jurisdiction claims of the Greek/Greek Cypriot duo for maximum maritime jurisdiction as well as the disregard of the Turkish Cypriots and their rights as the co-owners of the Island by both Greece and the EU.
The attempts to legitimize such claims through the EU and maps published within this union carry no legal value whatsoever”, the Spokesman continues.
Aksoy goes on to note that ” The maritime jurisdiction area claims brought forward by Greece as if she was an archipelagic state, disregarding the principle of just and equitable delimitation, which is the primary rule in maritime boundary delimitation, are indeed the violation of international law”.
” The most striking exhibit of this, as referred to in our previous statements, is the island of Kastellorizo/Megisti”, Aksoy stresses.
” Turkey will continue to keep the diplomacy and cooperation channels open while protecting with determination both its own rights and those of Turkish Cypriots”, Hami Aksoy concludes. /ibna