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#TurkeyIsNotAlone: Pakistan extends solidarity with Turkey over Greece’s maximalist claim

The people of Pakistan on Tuesday have extended solidarity with their beloved Turkey over Greece’s maximalist claim on the waters of the Mediterranean.

The move came after Greece has resisted Turkey’s offshore survey activity in the Turkish Continental Shelf in Mediterranean making unjust, inequitable and absurd claims.

According to TRT, Turkey’s navy issued an advisory on Monday warning that a Turkish ship would be carrying out a seismic survey in the eastern Mediterranean over the next two weeks.

It came after a brief ‘good-will’ suspension of drilling operations in the Mediterranean. Ankara said it was keen to resolve the maritime dispute with Greece, but that Athens did not ‘reciprocate’ well.

According to Erciyes, Greece has made a ‘big fuss’ over Turkey’s drilling activity because of a 10-square-kilometre (3.86-square-mile) Greek island named Kastellorizo, which lies 2 kilometres (1.24 miles) away from the Turkish mainland and 580 kilometres (360 miles) from the Greek mainland.

“Greece claims 40,000 km2 of maritime jurisdiction area due to this tiny island and attempts to stop the Oruc Reis and block Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean,” said Erciyes.

“This maximalist claim is not compatible with international law. It is against the principle of equity. Yet Greece asks the EU and US to support this claim and put pressure on Turkey to cease its legitimate offshore activities. This is not acceptable and reasonable.”

“It is Greece, not Turkey who creates tensions in the area due to such maximalist claims,” as explained by the Turkish foreign ministry.

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Meanwhile, supporting the rights of Pakistan’s biggest ally standing against Greece— asking EU and US to put pressure on Ankara to cease its legitimate offshore activities— the people of Pakistan has extended their full support to Turkey.

Samra Mazhar

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