A Turkish retired admiral who was member of the exploratory talks interpreted the international Law a la turca and claimed that Greece will lose sovereignty over the 21 islands in the Aegean Sea it has armed.
In an interview with pro-government newspaper Sotzu retired Vice Admiral Can Erenoglu said that Greece violates international law in the Aegean Sea and is in danger of losing sovereignty over 21 islands.
“Greece may lose its sovereignty over the islands it has equipped. We must raise this issue frequently with the United Nations and NATO,” Erenoglu is quoted as saying and called Turkey’s recent letter to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres a “belated action.”
He accused Greece of “continuous blatant violations” in the Aegean and the Mediterranean.
“The equipment of the islands violates international treaties,” the article said, recalling the Turkishcasus belli in the event that Greece extends its territorial waters to 12 nautical miles in the Aegean.
“The islands and islets do not have a continental shelf if the conditions are not observed. By violating the law, Greece also loses its sovereignty over these islands. Greece wants this issue to be excluded from the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice, saying that the only difference with Turkey is the continental shelf,” the newspaper Sozou wrote giving the main line of the future development of the Greek-Turkish relations and the next round of exploratory talks.
Erenoglu, who also served at the Turkish General Staff, has previously participated in seven meetings of exploratory talks with Greek side.
He provocatively claimed that the problems in the Aegean “come from Greece” and are not “Turkish-Greek problems”, while he stressed that “the only enemy for Greece is Turkey”. [ via protothema]
PS KTG suspects Erenoglu found his sovereignty losing claims in the sock of his left shoe.