DefenceNet reports that Turkey issued a NOTAM announcing a live fire exercise in the area between Rhodes and Kastellorizo. The area being reserved is almost twice as large as the area reserved for a recent SAR exercise. With this new NOTAM Turkey once again refuses to recognise Greek jurisdiction in the area and are literally cutting the area in two, thereby isolating Kastellorizo.
The NOTAM states that the area falls under Turkish jurisdiction and this cannot be seen as an isolated fact. It is part of a larger plan to isolate Kastellorizo and not recognise the island’s right to a continental shelf.
Continental shelf, FIR and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) are what Turkey is bringing into question through its policy of not recognising the existing FIR limits between Rhodes and Kastellorizo.
Yesterday another Turkish NOTAM was issued regarding a Turkish exercise in which it rejects Greek jurisdiction on parts of the Athens FIR:
A3718/09 (Issued for LTBB LGGG) - NAVIGATIONAL WARNING TO ALL CONCERNED:
REF (A) TURKISH MESSAGE 201240 LTAAYEYX
REF (B) GREEK MESSAGE 231207 LGACYAYC
THE VIEWS EXPRESSED IN TURKISH MESSAGE IN REF (A) REMAIN UNCHANGED
AND THE MESSAGE IN REF (A) IS VALID AND EFFECTIVE. THE GREEK MESSAGE
IN REF (B) IS NULL AND VOID.
TURKEY ALSO WOULD LIKE TO EMPHASIZE THAT NO FURTHER EXPLANATION WILL BE GIVEN TO ANY OBJECTION RAISED TO TURKISH NOTAM IN REF (A). SFC - FL100, 25 NOV 13:10 2009 UNTIL 25 NOV 22:00 2009. CREATED: 25 NOV 13:25 2009