Greece, Cyprus Warn Turkey over Airspace, Continental ShelfWorld | July 27, 2009, Monday // 20:10| views
Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis talks on her mobile phone as she arrives at the General Affairs and External Relations Council, at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, on 27 July 2009.
Greece and Cyprus have warned Turkey over alleged violations of their airspace on Monday alluding the issue might give them grounds to hinder the Turkish negotiations for EU accession.
'Turkey continues to violate our airspace and is planning surveillance activities of our waters. If Turkey continues this way, there could be consequences for Turkish membership," said Cypriot Foreign Minister Markos Kyprianou as quoted by DPA.
Before taking off for the meeting of EU Foreign Ministers at the General Affairs and External Relations Council in Brussels Monday, the Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis also warned Turkey against low flights encroaching on the airspace of the Greek islands in the Mediterranean.
Another matter of concern for Greece is permits for continental shelf exploration that Turkey has issue to some oil companies. The rights on the continental shelf in Aegean has long been disputed by Greece and Turkey.
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