Another setback to resolving the long dispute between Turkey and Greece over which of them has sovereignty of the continental shelf and airspace of the Aegean Sea.
Another setback to resolving the long dispute between Turkey and Greece over which of them has sovereignty of the continental shelf and airspace of the Aegean Sea. On Monday (9 October), Turkey boycotted the opening of a hearing at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, which was called to decide whether the panel has the jurisdiction to settle the dispute.
SYNOPSIS: The hearing was at the Peace Palace of the International Court of Justice.
The session, opening on Monday (9 October), was due to last two weeks. Greece launched the action in 1976. Only Greek representatives turned up because Turkey denies the Court's jurisdiction in the case. The next round of direct talks between the two countries is due to begin in Ankara, Turkey, next January. Turkey wanted these to take place before they turned to the World Court. Greece declares the panel can decide the continental shelf boundaries and oil exploration rights.
It was the Turks' despatching a ship to look for possible Aegean oil deposits in 1976 that severely strained relations with Greece. The Court President, Senor Eduardo Jiminez de Arechaga, of Uruguay, outlined the case.