Athens responds with anti-Navtex to the new challenge of Ankara, which further extends the illegal Navtex of Oruc Reis inside the Greek continental shelf until November 14.
Specifically, the Heraklion station of the Hydrographic Service of the Navy – as it always does when the Turks have issued Navtex illegally and in an area of our jurisdiction – points out that the Turkish announcement “refers to illegal activity in an area that covers the Greek mainland.”
At the same time, the Heraklion station emphasizes that the specific Navtex has been issued by a station that does not have the responsibility for the specific area, which belongs to the Hydrographic Service of the Navy.
The Greek anti-Navtex:
312200 UTC OCT 20
IRAKLEIO RADIO NAVWARN 647/20
SOUTH EAST CRETAN SEA
1. UNAUTHORIZED STATION HAS BROADCAST NAVTEX
MESSAGE NUMBER FA32-1364 / 20 IN HELLENIC NAVTEX
SERVICE AREA, REFERRING TO UNAUTHORIZED AND
ILLEGAL ACTIVITY IN AN AREA THAT OVERLAPS THE
GREEK CONTINENTAL SHELF.
IRAKLEIO NAVTEX STATION HAS THE AUTHORITY TO
BROADCAST NAVTEX MESSAGES IN THE AREA.
2. ALL MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO DISREGARD NAVTEX
MESSAGE NUMBER FA32-1364 / 20.
3. CANCEL THIS MESSAGE 142059 UTC NOV 20.
Neither are the pretexts
It is noted that the new Navtex for Oruc Reis for research in the sea area southeast of Rhodes comes almost 24 hours after the telephone communication between the Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, and the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in the aftermath of the great earthquake at Samos.
Navtex also covers the accompanying Turkish research ships “Ataman” and “Genghis Khan” and will last until November 20.
It is worth noting, that even at the time of the great earthquake that struck the two countries, the Oruc Reis and the ships that accompanied it continued, as if nothing was happening, their challenges on the Greek continental shelf.
These moves clearly prove that the statements of solidarity and mutual assistance by Erdogan and Tsavousoglu for the earthquake were just “hollow” words, as the priority of the Turkish government remains the Eastern Mediterranean rather than the human lives that have been lost.
Petsas: The issue is now European
Asked about this, the government spokesman, Stelios Petsas, stressed that the issue of Turkey has escaped from bilateral relations, is European as it touches the Euro-Turkish relations, whether it has to do with geopolitical interests, economic cooperation or immigration. .
In the past, we had built on the ruins, a good cooperation between the two peoples and the two countries, the so-called “earthquake diplomacy”, which led to recession and peace. “Navtex diplomacy” leads to tension and conflict, and this must be avoided. “Let us leave the provocative issues that lead to militarization that no one wants and let us proceed to an honest discussion,” the government spokesman said.
In fact, he pointed out that the exploratory contacts are on the table, however the context is specific. “Let us close the only difference, the demarcation of the maritime zones as a starting point for good cooperation for the people of the eastern Mediterranean.”