Greek-Turkish ties

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krzepice1976
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Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:29 pm

Turkey chose the day of the Greek prime minister's visit to the country to place $6.1m in bounties on the capture of eight Turkish army officers seeking asylum in Greece.

Just days earlier, the National Security Council in Ankara issued a demand for their extradition despite Greece's Supreme Court forbidding it on humanitarian grounds.Over the past two years, Greece has registered record numbers of territorial and airspace violations by Turkey in the Aegean.For the last 18 months, Turkey has toughened its rhetoric and backed that up with actions," said Angelos Syrigos, an expert in international law at Panteion University in Athens.

"The result is that the two countries are in a state of constant confrontation. Nothing has happened to make us believe in a breakthrough," added Syrigos, who is also a conservative New Democracy party candidate for an Athens seat in the upcoming elections.According to a retired Greek diplomat, Tsipras decided to take on the political cost of an embarrassing visit to Ankara to establish a line of communication with Erdogan amid worsening relations.Greece and Turkey are also in a spat over the delineation of their continental shelf, an area beyond territorial waters where states enjoy the right to exploit undersea resources.

Turkey is now threatening to explore for hydrocarbons in areas Greece claims as its own continental shelf.

Syrigos believes hydrocarbons have been at the root of the disagreements all along.

"The potential for oil under the Aegean in the 1970s led Turkey to dispute the continental shelf of the Aegean and following that, almost all the entire legal regime of the Aegean," said Syrigos.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/02/ ... 38274.html

krzepice1976
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Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:31 pm

All issues with Greece can be resolved “on an equitable basis and in a peaceful way," Turkey’s president said Feb. 5.

“Our expectation from Greece is that it doesn’t become a safe haven where FETÖ, PKK, DHKP-C terrorists take refuge,” Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said during a joint news conference with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Ankara.
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/erdoga ... bly-141036

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