Minister: Turkey has right to rearrange sea traffic at Straits

Eroglu said Thursday Turkey had the right to reformulate regulations on sea traffic at her straits based on national and international interests.

Minister: Turkey has right to rearrange sea traffic at Straits

Turkish Minister of Environment and Forestry Veysel Eroglu said Thursday Turkey had the right to reformulate regulations on sea traffic at her straits based on national and international interests.

Speaking at the inauguration of a meeting in Istanbul on prevention of risks of oil transportation by tankers for the Sea of Marmara and Turkish Straits, Minister Eroglu said that Turkey faced a high volume of sea traffic with its three sides covered by seas and a coastline of 8,484 kilometers.

In 2009, 51,422 ships went through the Istanbul Strait and 49,453 ships went through the Canakkale Strait. One fifth of this sea traffic involved ships carrying hazardous cargo or oil products, Eroglu said.

In the recent years, 11 great sea accidents occurred at the Istanbul Strait that posed a threat to the population of Istanbul, Eroglu said.

We pay high attention to preserving the cultural legacy of not only Turkey but also the world. It should not be forgotten that Turkey has the right to reformulate regulations on sea traffic as defined in the Montreux Convention and other international agreements and treaties. All neighboring countries, institutions and organizations should work together to preserve the environment at the Turkish Straits and leave the straits to future generations in good shape, Eroglu also said.


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