Foreign Ministry spokesperson Alexandros Yennimatas has called Turkey to respect international law and the European acquis, in response to statements by his Turkish counterpart that Greece has long exploited the EU environmental programs, mainly “Natura 2000”, to promote its stance regarding the problems in the Aegean.

“The legal status of the Aegean and, by extension, Greece’s right to exercise its sovereign rights that derive from international law, which certainly include the designation of regions with protected ecosystems, cannot be disputed,” stressed Mr. Yennimatas. “Turkey only recently officially restated its intention to ‘stay on course for accession to the European Union.’ It is obvious that the first thing Turkey needs to do if it wants to succeed is to respect international law and the European acquis,” he added.

 

Translation: Eleni Gogou