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Islands and constructed EEZ claims

Reader comment on item: Kastelorizo - Mediterranean Flashpoint?
in response to reader comment: Islands do not have an automatic right to EEZ

Submitted by Young MC (Switzerland), Feb 28, 2012 at 11:51

Mozere writes:

"International maritime law on delimitation of continental shelf and EEZ is currently a work in progress,it is evolving.The convention makes provisions for special circumstances and endorses an equatable sharing of the resources.It has also evolved to take into account that the EEZ should reflect the proportionality of the lengths of the respective shorelines."

You're free to provide the reference of your misleading assertion. Meanwhile, part of the EEZ definition is given here:
"Generally, a state's EEZ extends to a distance of 200 nautical miles (370 km) out from its coastal baseline. The exception to this rule occurs when EEZs would overlap; that is, state coastal baselines are less than 400 nautical miles (740 km) apart. When an overlap occurs, it is up to the states to delineate the actual maritime boundary.[2] Generally, any point within an overlapping area defaults to the nearest state."

"Hence the 1983 declaration by France who owns the islands,of 200mi EEZlimit for the St. Pierre and Miquelon islands 20km off the shores of Canada was challenged.In 1992 an arbitration panel awarded the islands only 25% of Frances original claim,thus the EEZ of the said islads is completely embedded in the Canadian EEZ."

You are misinformed, there is no similarity to Megisti's (Kastelorizo) case as its EEZ is continued Greek EZZ extended from islands such as Karpathos, Rhodes and Crete.

"Similarly the Channel Islands EEZ does not extend for 200mi and is embedded in the French EEZ. The Meis case is very similar to these cases above and can be used as legal precedents.In law substance always comes before form.If the form gives an unequitable and ridiculous outcome ie a continental mass with no continental shelf and a speck of land just off its shores with a huge continental shelf,no amount of sophistry will hide the injustice of it.In this case the law will justifiable be called an ass."

Your so called "Channel Islands" are in fact the French Îles Éparses or Îles éparses de l'océan indien which have an overlapping "EEZ Waters Of Mozambique Channel Islands".

This case confirms of course only why Megisti's EEZ is part of legitimate Greek EEZ.

"Finally in relation to the cold wars.how many Icelanders the British killed I do not know, probably none,but what I know is that the ancestors of the Icelanders, the Vikings did desecrate and level a lot of English churches, some may have been converted to pagan temples,many Britishers were kidnapped and sold on the slave markets never to see their homeland again,many were raped and killed,a lot lost their properties. Do the British carry on hating the nordic peoples? No is the short answer."

"Cold wars and Vikings"? You're not trying to deflect from the cowardly committed genocides by Turks, aren't you?


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