Turkey ignores Kastellorizo in EEZ map - Kathimerini
A map of Turkey’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) presented by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavusoğlu on Monday excluded Greece’s southeastern Aegean island of Kastellorizo, Greek newspaper Kathimerini reported.
While the Turkish minister’s map of the EEZ, stretching south of the southeastern Aegean island of Rhodes to a few miles west of Paphos on Cyprus’ western coast, failed to include the Greek island, it did not reflect the ‘’maximalist outlook’’ of the Turkish Defence Ministry and other Turkish officials, who have expressed far more aggressive demands, the newspaper said.
Tensions have been soaring between Turkey and Greece over the extent of territorial waters, airspace and continental shelf of the Aegean Sea.
The Turkish foreign minister, during a conference held by Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ankara on Monday, called on Athens to form a partnership with Ankara while also calling on regional countries to cooperate in finding a solution to the Cyprus problem.
Cyprus is divided between the internationally recognised Republic of Cyprus, dominated by Greek Cypriots, in the south and the breakaway Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, recognised only by Turkey.
A row over potentially huge gas reserves around the island have been heating up with Turkey dispatching two vessels off the coast of Cyprus. Turkey maintains that attempts by Cyprus to conduct gas exploration are a violation of the rights of the Republic of Northern Cyprus.
The EU imposed a round of limited sanctions on Turkey last month over its drilling in areas that overlap with the Greek Cypriots' EEZ.