Greek President defies Turkey on ‘’grey areas’’

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President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos firmly rejected and denounced Turkey’s claim of ‘’grey areas’’ concerning the territorial borders in the Aegean between the two countries.

The treaties of Lausanne and Paris show clearly that there are no grey areas in the Aegean Sea, he said during the 195th anniversary of the famous Battle of Spetses against the Ottomon Empire, on the island of Spetses where he was declared an honourary citizen.

"From the Treaty of Lausanne of 1923 and the Treaty of Paris of 1947, it appears, without any doubt, that there are no 'gray zone' in the Aegean. Consequently, all Greek borders - which are also European Union borders - are precisely defined, with the consequences this has on the continental shelf, territorial waters, the Aegean Sea and the exclusive economic zone (EEZ)," he said.

The President also made reference on Greece's international role saying that the country acts with "absolute respect for European and international law. It is a force that works for peace and development both in the proximity of the Balkans and Southeast Europe and in the wider context of the European Union."

GCT Team

This article was researched and written by a GCT team member.