Greece seeks explanations from Turkey over naval research vessel in Aegean Sea July 13, 2010Posted by Yilan in Turkey, Yunanistan.
Tags: Aegean Sea, Greece, Turkey
Greece says it has asked Turkey to explain the presence of a Turkish naval research ship in the northern Aegean Sea.
A Foreign Ministry statement released Wednesday says the Cesme hydrographic and oceanographic vessel is outside Greek waters, between Thrace and the island of Samothraki.
But it says the ship is within Greece’s continental shelf, the stretch of the seabed where Athens claims the rights for exploration and exploitation of potential mineral and fossil fuel deposits.
A Greek naval vessel is monitoring the Cesme, which issued signals that it is undertaking marine research.
Uneasy NATO allies Greece and Turkey came close to war three times between 1974 and 1996 — once over a Turkish research vessel in the Aegean.