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Greece will defend its sovereign rights

The Ministries of Defence and Foreign Affairs issued announcements concerning the sea surveys conducted by “Piri Reis,” a Turkish naval research ship in an area between the Greek island of Kastellorizo and Cyprus.
The Greek Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the “Piri Reis surveys an area outside Greek territorial waters, however, Athens has claimed the rights to potential undersea mineral and fossil fuel deposits.”
National Defence Minister Evangelos Venizelos said that “Athens is watching closely” and that “in any case, Greece will defend its sovereign rights.”
Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Differences with Turkey     [PHOTO]: Kastellorizo

Thinking about the Greece’s Energy Agenda

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   Focusing on Greece’s energy agenda for the present year and the complexity of the international energy environment, Dr. Constantinos Filis, head of Russia & Eurasia Centre at the Athens-based Institute of International Relations (www.cere.gr), underlines that in the 2007 the groundwork was laid for the implementation of three energy projects of major importance for Greece: the Burgas-Alexandroupoli oil pipeline; the Interconnector Turkey-Greece-Italy (ITGI); and the South Stream natural gas pipeline.  If these projects see completion, Greece will emerge as an oil and natural gas conduit-another link in the European hydrocarbon supply chain originating in the Caspian basin, if not a Southeast European energy hub- and will enjoy a correspondingly enhanced geostrategic role. Greece’s national security will also be bolstered, as will its energy security – depending on the quantities of energy that can be secured for supplying the domestic market – and, over time, the stability of the wider region.  Greece’s Energy Agenda for 2008 by Dr. Constantinos Filis, The Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, University of Dundee, Internet Journal, Volume 18; Secretariat General of Information: Greece – Major Think Tanks