Turkey's Erdogan warns Greece to demilitarise Aegean islands

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on June 9 warned Greece to demilitarise islands in the Aegean Sea. 

  • Turkey says Greece is increasing its military presence on the Aegean islands in violation of treaties.

  • Turkey argues that the islands were ceded to Greece on the condition that they remain demilitarized.

  • What is the dispute?

  • Greece and Turkey are allies of NATO, but the two countries have a history of disputes on many issues.

  • Some of the issues are mineral exploration in the eastern Mediterranean and rival claims in the Aegean Sea.

  • Greece says Turkey deliberately misinterpreted the treaties.

  • Turkey argues that this sea should be divided equally. 

  • About Aegean Sea

  • It is located between Anatolia and the Balkan Peninsula and spans Turkey and Greece.

  • Nine of the 12 administrative regions of Greece are bordered by the sea.

  • It has a surface area of about 215,000 km2.

  • Its maximum length is about 700 km and width is 400 km.

  • The Aegean is divided into the Myrtoian Sea and the Thracian Sea.

  • It is a major cause of dispute between Turkey and Greece, affecting relations between the two countries since the 1970s.

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