Kotzias: Greece's priority is the Maritime Agreement with Albania

Kotzias: Greece's priority is the Maritime Agreement with Albania

 Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias had an interview on Turkish channel ERT and spoke about Albania. For the maritime issue Kotzias said "it is Greece's right to expand the Aegean area".

"It is not on the agenda of discussions with Turkey, but our problem lies in the continental shelf. Technically to determine the continental shelf, we must define the Aegean area, and we will do this part-time. The theory that everything is done automatically has not brought any results for years. In the name of  the maximization nothing is done. The maritime delimitation is very important for Greece, for defining AOZ especially with Albania, our sovereign rights are a priority in all aspects," said Kotzias.

The Greek minister does not rule out the expansion of the maritime border by referring for the first time to the Maritime Law Agreement in waters of up to 12 miles, an agreement that exists but has not yet been implemented by the Greek side. While for Turkey, maritime border expansion from the Greek side constitutes a "war" according to the June 8, 1995 meeting.

Kotzias also talked about the importance of the abrogation of the law of war with Albania and has welcomed the Albanian side for the cemetery decision.

Regarding Albania, Kotzias stated that "time is in favor of Greece to solve all the problems, serving the Greek interests but without prejudice to the other party."

RElating to the property claims by the Albanian side he stated that "the priority issue is the abolition of the law of war. The legal consequences will be included in a special process," he said.
Kotzias: Greece's priority is the Maritime Agreement with Albania Kotzias: Greece's priority is the Maritime Agreement with Albania Wednesday, December 20, 2017 Rating: 5
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