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Foreign Ministry announcement on the latest illegal Turkish NAVTEX

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

On Tuesday, October 16, the Turkish Antalya station issued an illegal NAVTEX to the effect that the ship “Barbaros” would be conducting seismic research on a segment of the Greek continental shelf.

This new provocation on the part of Turkey, demonstrates that it continues to act in a way that causes tension in the Aegean Sea and the eastern Mediterranean.

We remind that the carrying out of research on the Greek continental shelf requires prior permission from the competent Greek authorities and furthermore that the issuing of such NAVTEX is within the competence of the latter.

In the present case, due procedures stipulated by international law and international regulations were, yet again, not followed, a fact that is strongly emphasized in a strong demarche that is made to the Turkish side in such cases according to established practice.

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