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Greece and Italy sign maritime border agreement with increasing tensions with Turkey

June 9, 2020

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and his Italian counterpart Luigi di Maio signed a historic agreement on maritime borders on Tuesday that delimits their exclusive economic zones (EEZ) in the face of increasing tensions with Turkey.

The pact that the two ministers concluded during Di Maio’s visit to Athens is an extension of an earlier agreement of 1977 and came into being after numerous negotiations. In addition, according to the Greek newspaper “Kathimerini”, it paves the way for both countries to conduct explorations and prospects in the region.

In addition, this agreement could also result in Athens signing a similar document with Albania. “The delimitation of the sea zones with all of our neighbors under international law is one of our main goals,” said Dendias in statements after the text was signed.

Greece and Italy sign maritime border agreement with increasing tensions with TurkeyGreece and Italy sign maritime border agreement with increasing tensions with Turkey

At a press conference held earlier, Greek government spokesman Stelios Petsas praised the deal and called it a “breakthrough of historical importance”. The deal was reached after months of tensions between Greece, Cyprus and Turkey after Ankara signed a pact with the Libyan unity government – recognized by the United Nations – on maritime borders and gas production in the Mediterranean.