Turkey-Greece tensions flare (again) over sea park protections

By Nektaria Stamouli | 04/10/2024 01:09 PM EDT

Be careful, Ankara warns Athens over plans to protect “the Greek Galapagos.”

Turkey on Tuesday hit out at Greece’s plans to set aside some of the waters between the two countries for ecological sustainability, as Ankara is contesting the sovereignty of some of the maritime territory involved.

The feuding neighbors have been at loggerheads for decades over sovereignty and maritime rights in the Aegean Sea.

The Turkish foreign ministry said it would “not accept fait accompli” Athens’ decision to declare two marine parks in the Aegean and Ionian seas ahead of an oceans conference in Greece next week.


“We recommend Greece not to involve the outstanding Aegean issues, and the issues regarding the status of some islands, islets and rocks whose sovereignty has not been ceded to Greece by the international treaties, within the frame of its own agenda,” Ankara said in a statement late Tuesday.