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Turkish defence minister rejects idea of continental shelf for Greek islands

Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar.

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar reiterated on Saturday his country’s view that islands could not have a continental shelf, adding that Greeks “continue their provocative actions” and “increase tension” in the region despite Ankara’s “constructive, peaceful stance.” 

Akar, who was speaking to the media during a visit to southeastern Turkey, said Greece uses “threatening language” to achieve some goals and violate international law. “Every time we emphasise that these moves are pointless, no threat has any impact on our country,” he explained.

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