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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-06-14

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Turkish minister: Ankara won't sign UN Convention on Law of the Sea

  • [01] Turkish minister: Ankara won't sign UN Convention on Law of the Sea

    STRASBURG (AMNA) -- Turkey's Minister for European Affairs Egemen Bagis reiterated here on Thursday that "Ankara does not sign the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea because of problems with Greece as regards the Aegean islands."

    The influential Turkish minister was a formal guest at the 69th Meeting of the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee, held here this week.

    Bagis made the statement in response to a relevant question, adding: "Turkey will not sign such a convention until it becomes a full member of the European Union."

    Earlier, Greek MEP Giorgos Koumoutsakos, a former foreign ministry spokesman in Athens, pointed out to Bagis that the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea is a European acquis, considering that all EU-members and EU candidate members -- except Turkey -- are contractual parties. www.amna.gr

    The reply of the Turkish government minister drew negative comments of several MEP members of the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee, who underlined that the response shows that "an EU candidate state accepts the International Law, international conventions and the European acquis only if they serve its interests and aspirations, therefore, raising a serious issue as regards Turkey's relations with Greece and the EU." amna


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