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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