It is a historic moment expanding Greece's territorial waters, including east of Crete: Dendias

Nikos Dendias.

Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias highlighted the historicity of Greece expanding its territorial waters during his presentation of the bill to do this.

The comments were made during a presentation in the Plenary Session of the Parliament on the draft law to determine the width of the coastal zone in the Ionian Sea and the Ionian Islands up to Cape Tainaro.

Dendias spoke of a "special honour" for him to propose this legislation and spoke of the "first extension of Greece's national territory since 1947. This is an area of ​​10,079 square kilometres, and if one adds the closure of the bays, it exceeds 13,000 square kilometres."

"If one takes into account that the whole country is around 135,0000 square kilometres, one realizes the size of this expansion," he added.

Nikos Dendias.
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias.

The minister noted that enlargement will not be limited to the southern part of Crete, but will also include the eastern part facing Turkey.

"As far as Crete is concerned, as the prime minister has said for a long time, it includes the eastern part, there is no doubt about it," he stressed.

He described it as "extremely important" that the legislation "is accompanied by the unanimous support of all political forces of the national Parliament."

"I think the moment has elements of historicity," Dendias said, thanking Parliament for its "warm support."

Καθορισμός του εύρους της αιγιαλίτιδας ζώνης στη θαλάσσια περιοχή του Ιονίου & των Ιονίων Νήσων μέχρι το Ακρωτήριο Ταίναρο

Είναι ιδιαίτερη τιμή, εξ’ ονόματος της Κυβέρνησης Μητσοτάκη, να εισηγούμαι στο εθνικό κοινοβούλιο το παρόν νομοθέτημα. Είναι η πρώτη επέκταση του εθνικού χώρου από το 1947. Είναι επίσης εξαιρετικά σημαντικό, όπως με τον πιο καθαρό τρόπο αναδείχθηκε στην επιτροπή, ότι το νομοθέτημα αυτό συνοδεύεται από την ομόθυμη στήριξη των πολιτικών δυνάμεων του εθνικού κοινοβουλίου.Η στιγμή αυτή ενέχει στοιχείο ιστορικότητας και θα ήθελα να ευχαριστήσω τα κόμματα για τη συνεργασία. (από την παρέμβασή μου στην Ολομέλεια της Βουλής κατά τη συζήτηση επί του σχεδίου νόμου του ΥΠΕΞ περί καθορισμού του εύρους της αιγιαλίτιδας ζώνης στη θαλάσσια περιοχή του Ιονίου & των Ιονίων Νήσων μέχρι το Ακρωτήριο Ταίναρο. )

Posted by Νίκος Δένδιας on Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Although extensions of 12 nautical miles in the Aegean Sea, as permitted by international law, have not yet been discussed, it will remain the last part of Greece's territorial expansion.

It would radically change Greece's territorial waters when this occurs, despite Turkish threats of war if Athens enacts its rights under international law.

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