Greece considers to expand its territorial waters to 12 n.m. south of Crete
Key point of the extension of territorial waters south of Crete is the meeting between Greek Foreing Minister Nikos Dendias with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Hassan Al-Shoukryin Cairo on Sunday where they reportedly seriously discussed the delimitation of a “partial Exclusive Economic Zone.”
The Greek option comes after Türkiye signed an agreement with the government in Tripolis and announced to proceed to hydrocarbon exploitation not only in the sea area of the “illegal” memorandum between Türkiye and Libya that ignores the existence of Greek islands of Crete, Karpathos and Rhodes.
Citing government sources, Live News magazine on Mega TV reported that “things with Türkiye are not simple at all”, while FM Dendias stated in every occasion that “we will use every available means to defend our sovereign rights.”
Regarding whether Greece’s allies will be informed on the extension, the government sources replied that there is no reason as it is a unilateral action by the country and when the presidential decrees are ready they will be submitted directly to the United Nations.
Such a move is, of course, not without a risk and divides those involved in the issue. Some diplomats consider it as “imperative” and others as “too risky,”
In his speech in Parliament, on January 19, 2021, FM Dendias had revealed that the studies for the extension of territorial waters to the south of Crete had already begun, underlining that the planning “of course, it also includes the eastern part of Crete.”
Diplomats reiterated Greece’s determination to expand the territorial waters also in January 2022.
The extension was never abandoned, even though Athens has not dared to implement so far in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.
The process has not been frozen, however, when it will proceed is a purely political decision, competent sources told daily tanea and other Greek media.