4 readers online now  |  69 million page views

Clarification on EEZ map

Reader comment on item: Kastelorizo - Mediterranean Flashpoint?

Submitted by HamiltonA (United States), Feb 9, 2012 at 19:55

"The top map shows the Greece claiming its full 200-nautical mile EEZ and controlling Kastelorizo EEZ (indicated by the red arrow); the bottom one shows the Greek EEZ minus Kastelorizo (indicated by the white arrow)."

The first statement is correct. The second statement, and the title of the map (in Greek), is what Turkey claims. It is not Turkey's EEZ minus Kastelorizo. This delimitation by Turkey has no basis in international law. One can see that even the large Greek islands on the west, Karpathos and Rhodes, are only afforded an EEZ equal to their maritime limit and I'm not sure what is going on in the west of Cyprus. The principle of median lines for overlapping EEZs is not followed as is customary law.

Ignoring Kastelorizo and applying the Law of the Sea principles for EEZ delimitation, Turkeys EEZ would extend in a triangle touching Egypt's EEZ and separating the EEZ of Greece and Cyprus. The area of this 'extra' EEZ is only about a quarter of what Turkey claims in the bottom map. The Turkish claim is very telling of their intentions: apply international law only as it suits Turkey, e.g. its EEZ delimitation in the Black Sea, otherwise apply it arbitrarily, trample international law, and threaten those countries that attempt to apply it to their seas legally.

Submitting....

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Comment on this item

Mark my comment as a response to Clarification on EEZ map by HamiltonA

Email me if someone replies to my comment

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

See recent outstanding comments.

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List
eXTReMe Tracker

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2020 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)