by Upstate NY
Fri Jun 2nd, 2006 at 10:42:09 AM EST
The Greek government has been kicking around a proposal to have any boundary disputes with Turkey settled in the Hague. This was a proposal offered by the former President, Stephanopoulos, who stepped down in the last year. The current PM gave it a nod of approval.
Turkey has already answered the proposal (even though I couldn't find it being made officially, which tells me that the issue may have been discussed at recent meetings between the two heads of state, ironically just before the crash last week).
Here's the analysis from a Greek paper on the proposal and on Turkey's response:
This was posted earlier this week...but think it is significant news ~ whataboutbob
This newspaper has normally been one of the biggest cheerleaders both of Turkish-Greek rapprochement and of Turkey's EU bid.
This may not be the case anymore.
In the earlier version of the diary, I misread this quote as referring to a current proposal, but in fact, the writer is referencing a 1975 proposal, and this correction may give context to a few of the responses below:
"Ankara replied that Karamanlis's proposal would be accepted on the condition that Greece recognized that the continental shelf is an extension of Anatolia. That would mean that half of the continental shelf belongs to Turkey and that all of Greece's northern Aegean islands lie on the Turkish continental shelf. Of course the Turkish condition would automatically "settle" the dispute, making the tribunal redundant. Karamanlis's proposal revealed Turkey's expansionist drive and its blatant disregard for international law."