FM Dendias addresses Norwegian Institute on UNCLOS during visit to Oslo

FM Dendias addresses Norwegian Institute on UNCLOS during visit to Oslo

Greece "actively promotes synergies and regional partnerships based on International Law and the International Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)" , Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias said in a lecture at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs in Oslo on Wednesday.

During his official visit to Norway, Dendias addressed the Institute on "Implementing the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea: the Aegean Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean as a case study".

He spoke of Greece's alliances with countries in the Mediterranean region and Turkey's refusal to adhere to UNCLOS and to recognize Greece's right to extend its territorial waters, threatening Greece with war should it do so. "Challenging the implementation of UNCLOS in the Eastern Mediterranean seriously affects peace and security in our region," Dendias noted.

Greece's position, he said, is that it is willing to negotiate the delimitation of the continental shelf and the Exclusive Economic Zone, "and, failing an agreement bilaterally, to submit our difference to the Court."

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