Greek PM: Greece will take Turkey to The Hague if talks fail


Greece’s Prime Minister said in remarks published on Sunday that if Athens and Ankara cannot solve their dispute about maritime zones in the Mediterranean they should turn to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague to settle the disagreement.

Turkey signed an accord with Libya’s internationally-recognised government last month that seeks to create an exclusive economic zone from Turkey’s southern Mediterranean shore to Libya’s northeast coast.

Greece and Cyprus, which have long had maritime and territorial disputes with Turkey, say the accord is void and violates the international law of the sea. They see it as a resource-grab designed to scupper the development of East Mediterranean gas and destabilise rivals.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, in an interview with weekly newspaper To Vima, said his intention is for Greece and Turkey to discuss their differences about maritime zones in the Aegean and the eastern Mediterranean on a political and diplomatic level.

Turkey’s Erdogan makes surprise visit to Tunisia to discuss Libya

“But we should say clearly that if we can’t find a solution then we should agree that the one difference that Greece recognises [over maritime zones] must be judged in an international body like the International Court of Justice in Hague.”

Earlier in December, Cyprus petitioned the ICJ to safeguard its offshore mineral rights. There has been no response so far from Turkey to that initiative.

Turkey maintains that several islands and islets near its coasts that are claimed by Greece under long-standing post-war treaties are actually “grey zones”. 

“No one should try to blockade us, to trap us in our own coasts or trample on our economic rights,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said last week.

Greece ‘wants a say’ in Libya talks

Mitsotakis told the Greek publication that Athens also wishes to take part in the United Nations-sponsored talks on the Libyan talks scheduled to take place in the German capital Berlin in January.

“We do not want a source of instability in our neighbourhood. Therefore we want a say in developments in Libya,” Mitsotakis said.

“We want to be part of the solution in Libya, as it concerns us too … [Libya] is our natural maritime neighbour, not Turkey,” he said.

Since the overthrow of late leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, two seats of power have emerged in Libya: One in eastern Libya supported mainly by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli, which enjoys international recognition.

The eastern administration is supported by renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar’s self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA), which launched an offensive on Tripoli in early April. The LNA fighters have failed to reach the centre of the city but have made small gains in recent weeks in some southern suburbs of the capital.

Erdogan on Thursday announced that he would present a bill to the Turkish parliament in early January to seek consent to dispatch troops in support of GNA-aligned forces, in line with a security agreement signed last month with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj. 

Sourced via Reuters.




By subscribing you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.


Latest News

Greece criticised for not restoring historic mosques on Lesvos

Greece has been criticised for not restoring historic mosques on the island of Lesbos, despite mutual agreements with Turkey.

How Tom Christides plans to retire at 35

Retiring comfortably and traveling might seem like a dream, but for 29-year-old Tom Christides, it’s nearly a reality.

Greek Community of Melbourne students participate in 4th Olympic Week

GCM School, Bentleigh Campus, completed its participation in the Olympic Educational Program titled "4th Olympic Week".

New survey shows Greeks do not trust each other

Greeks are experiencing a significant trust crisis in institutions as well as in each other, according to a nationwide survey.

Greece among seven countries where the richest person is a woman

The richest woman in the world is Françoise Betancourt. The heir to the L'Òreal empire has a fortune of $101 billion.

You May Also Like

Stefanos Tsitsipas books quarterfinal spot in Paris Masters

No.7 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas has reached the quarterfinal of the Paris Masters after surging past Alexander Zverev in straight sets.

On This Day: Legendary Greek poet, Nikos Gatsos, was born

Greek poet, Nikos Gatsos, is best-known for his poem, Amorgos, which was written during the Nazi occupation of Greece in 1943.

Greek Cypriot Marios Lambis becomes first professional barrister to achieve silk status in UK

The son of Cypriot immigrants to the UK, Marios Lambis, has become the first professional barrister to be appointed Queen’s Counsel in the UK.