Turkish ship chases Greek ship away from Imia
Turkish ships are raising tensions in the Imia area anew, the country’s media reported on Wednesday, according to Sigma’s correspondent in Istanbul.
Specifically, the press has released a video showing a Turkish ship chasing away a Greek port authority ship.
The incident is reported to have happened on Tuesday, when a Greek ship waiting in front of Kalolymnos crossed approximately two miles in front of the island of Fanari and then attempted to head towards Imia.
According to Turkish media, the country’s ships intervened and ushered the Greek ship out of the contested waters.
The islets in the Imia area have been an issue between the two countries, with Turkey claiming the Greek islands as their own.
A dispute between Greece and Turkey over the islet arose after the Treaty of Lausanne in 1923 was signed.
In the treaty Turkey ceded Ottoman Empire territory to Greece and Italy – which at the time had de facto control over territory in the area.
The Lausanne Treaty made reference to grey-zones, which Imia belongs to, but both countries have interpreted the treaty in a different manner.
In article 12 of the treaty it is stated: “Except where a provision to the contrary is contained in the present Treaty, the islands situated at less than three miles from the Asiatic coast remain under Turkish sovereignty.”
Article 15 states that Turkey renounces all rights and title whatsoever over respecting territories situated outside the three-mile frontier and the islets that are dependent to the Dodecanese.
Greece has maintained that the Treaty precludes any Turkish claim to territories outside the three-mile boundary, and that the criteria of dependency should be interpreted in a wide sense as covering the whole Dodecanese area.
However, Turkey has maintained that the grey-zones in the treaty need to be interpreted in a narrow sense, and that formations, such as Imia are part of the grey-zone, which the treaty has left undecided.
Imia lies outside the three-mile boundary, but Greece holds that it is dependent on the Dodecanese.
The video at the top of the report was released by Turkey’s Dogan news agency.