Turkey denies Greek reports on vessel

Turkish Foreign Ministry said that some news reports in the Greek media which said TCG Cesme vessel conducted geological survey in the north of Aegean Sea were baseless.

Turkey denies Greek reports on vessel

Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that some news reports in the Greek media which said TCG Cesme vessel conducted geological survey in the north of Aegean Sea were baseless.

A statement by the ministry said on Thursday, "according to information obtained from our relevant authorities, TCG Cesme has carried out a hydrographic survey in the Northern Aegean Sea, in the framework of the ordinary activities designed to update maritime navigation charts. Similar surveys are also regularly conducted by Greece in the international waters of the Aegean Sea."

The statement said, "it should be recalled that at the Aegean Sea there is no maritime jurisdiction area beyond territorial waters. Therefore, the maritime area lying beyond territorial waters at the Aegean Sea has the status of high seas. With 1976 Bern Agreement, Turkey and Greece committed to refrain from any activity related to oil exploration and exploitation beyond their territorial waters in the Aegean Sea, until the continental shelf issue is resolved. Turkey fully respects this Agreement."

"Therefore Greek media news qualifying the survey of TCG Cesme as a geological research in connection with the Aegean continental shelf are totally unfounded. This information and our views have also been transmitted to the Greek Foreign Ministry," it added.


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