“People should be on their guard regardless of what the government will say or not say,” opposition Communist Party of Greece (KKE) on Wednesday stressed.
The statement was made in response to allegations included in a book signed by former Turkish foreign ministry expert Deniz Bolukbasi, who claims that Greece had agreed that it would refrain from expanding its territorial waters to 12 nautical miles in certain areas of the Aegean Sea.
KKE underlined that “the risk for sovereign rights is huge,” considering that “the NATOisation and co-exploitation of the Aegean is always on the table - as KKE has revealed long ago - because this is what certain powerful representatives of the Greek and Turkish plutocracies want.”
Opposition Coalition of the Left, Movements and Ecology (SYN) also referred to the issue requesting a parliament briefing on the Greek-Turkish negotiations on the Aegean and called for a meeting of the National Council on Foreign Policy.
SYN lashed out at the government stressing that it is “unacceptable for the political parties and public opinion in Greece to be briefed by unofficial Turkish press reports on aspects of the 50, so far, rounds of talks between Greece and Turkey that focused on sensitive national issues.”
SYN added that “secret diplomacy does not benefit the people and entails the risk of being utilized for self-serving purposes, even for domestic consumption.”
“The continental shelf issue, and the differences between the two countries that stem from it, should be settled based on international law and the joint recourse to the International Court of Justice in The Hague,” SYN stressed. It also maintained that this prospect “is a solution that will safeguard transparency and the peaceful settlement of differences for the benefit of the two neighbouring peoples in a period of time when the deep economic crisis allows for no petty-opportunism or relaxation.”