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Eastern Mediterranean

Turkey Declared a New NAVTEX in the Eastern Mediterranean

In the beginning of November, Turkey declared a new NAVTEX in the area surrounding the Kas Island. In the announcement, Turkey warned all the mariners to sail at least 6 miles away from the Turkish seismic research vessel Oruç Reis. Moreover, the announcement also said that the research would continue until November 14.

Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Responds to the Greek Criticisms

The Spokesman of the Turkish Foreign Ministry Hami Aksoy replied to the Greek criticisms regarding the new Turkish NAVTEX declaration in the Eastern Mediterranean by saying that the Greek claims are baseless, and Turkey would continue to protect both the rights of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and Turkey under the international law. Aksoy also added, “On this occasion, we once again invite Greece to an unconditional dialogue with our country to address both the Eastern Mediterranean maritime jurisdiction issue and other interrelated issues between the two countries.”